Addressing the need for seed… and what we can learn from Amazon.com

20 January, 2016 by (comments)

Researchers believe they have uncovered a promising opportunity for reaching smallholder farmers in developing countries with vital crops that could help them respond to a host of challenges including climate change and malnutrition. It could have important implications for the way seed sales and distribution are organised, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. For decades, scientists have developed new crop varietiesRead More …

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New approach launched to fight malnutrition in Rwanda

29 April, 2014 by (comments)

Rwanda’s fight against malnutrition, which affects nearly half of all children under two, stepped up a notch this month. A new survey targeting children under 24 months and women of reproductive age will root out the underlying causes of undernutrition, leading to new approaches to tackle the problem. Commissioned by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI),Read More …

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Agricultural research to prioritise nutrition

2 April, 2014 by (comments)

The role of agriculture isn’t just to feed us enough, it is to feed us well. This week the CGIAR Consortium placed the weight of its agricultural research expertise behind efforts to improve global nutrition and public health as it committed to make breeding for mineral and vitamin traits the norm in conventional food crop development programs. Frank Rijsberman,Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Gender, Regions

On the trail of DR Congo’s purple “gorillas”

11 July, 2013 by (comments)

We’ve travelled about an hour north of Bukavu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, against the flow of UN trucks, to pull up at a thronging crossroads in Mita village. On the dusty traffic island are indicators that we’re not far from one of the few refuges of the endangered eastern lowland gorilla: a dilapidated tourist sign for Kahuzi-Biega NationalRead More …

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Sweet potato doubles vitamin A intake – HarvestPlus study

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

Promising results just out from HarvestPlus, in the British Journal of Nutrition. It looks as though the orange sweet potato has been well-received in northern Mozambique, having been adopted by around 65 per cent those farmers who trialled it in Zambezia Province. The improved tuber was developed by crop breeders to contain higher levels of beta-carotene – which turnsRead More …

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Millions in Horn of Africa face food, water crisis

15 June, 2011 by (comments)

Prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa is becoming critical and threatens the livelihoods of eight million people, according to new analysis from the FAO. In Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia severe water shortages have lead to the death of hundreds of thousands of livestock, crop failures, unaffordable food prices, and increased rates of malnutrition. The rising costs ofRead More …

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Ushering in the age of biofortification

14 February, 2011 by (comments)

Policymakers should incorporate nutrition and farming, if the world is going to rise to the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, and a growing population. That’s the message from the Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health conference in New Delhi, India, organized by CIAT’s CGIAR sister-center the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Experts at the conference have called for moreRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en