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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Rethinking seed aid in times of disaster

1 April, 2014 by (comments)

Drought in Ethiopia, flooding in Pakistan, earthquake in Haiti, conflict in Congo… Every year, the worlds’ vulnerable are hit by natural and man-made disasters, the frequency of which is set to increase, according to the latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) into the impact of climate change. Urgent action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climateRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Climate Change, Crops @en

Haiti: an action plan for agricultural development

5 November, 2010 by (comments)

A landmark CIAT report into the state of agriculture in Haiti, following January 2010’s devastating earthquake, features in the latest edition of New Agriculturist. The online development magazine, funded by the UK International Department for International Development (DFID), takes a close look at the recently released Haiti Seed System Security Assessment (SSA), which makes a series of recommendations forRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions