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P. Casier

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February 1, 2016

Improved varieties and market linkages are the key it pays to grow groundnut! Kenyan farmers show the way

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Farmers in Kenya growing improved varieties of groundnut are getting more than double the price for their produce. Having attracted a big buyer through their quality produce, the farmers now have an assured market and are getting better prices. Bringing improved varieties from Malawi to Kenya With its developed market for confectionery, peanut butter and… Read more »

Maize

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December 4, 2015

New study links poverty to heightened levels of aflatoxin exposure

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 by kkeeton Many of the foods people depend on most for their sustenance, especially in low and middle income countries, can carry a silent killer: aflatoxins. These naturally occurring fungal toxins contaminate food crops, such as maize, groundnuts, tree nuts, and a range of other produce, and unfortunately, are not always easily detectable. Even if consumed… Read more »

K. Trautmann

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December 3, 2015

How climate change affects malnutrition

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End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030 — that is the second Sustainable Development Goal, adopted in September by the United Nations. Today, 800 million people are going hungry, close to 2 billion people are malnourished and another 2 billion are overweight or obese. Unhealthy diets, causing chronic diseases… Read more »

Anne Wangalachi (CIMMYT)

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November 11, 2015

Smallholders gaining from nitrogen-efficient maize

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Nancy Shibona, a small-scale maize farmer from Kakamega County, Kenya, is a widow and her family’s bread winner. Shobona grows a nitrogen-use-efficient (NUE) type of maize. The variety was developed by the Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS) project, an alliance led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CYMMIT). She tells SciDev.Net that she is happy with… Read more »

Stephanie Malyon (CIAT)

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October 31, 2015

Aflatoxin levels in cow milk and feed in the Addis Ababa milk shed—New study

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This article is written by ILRI scientists Dawit Gizachew, Barbara Szonyi, Azage Tegegne, Jean Hanson and Delia Grace A vibrant dairy sector is important for the economic development of Ethiopia. Dairy offers a pathway out of poverty for a large number of households keeping livestock. At the same time, the dairy industry can provide highly… Read more »

CIFOR

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August 28, 2015

Multiple ways for Congo Basin forests to flourish and deliver: study

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By Guillaume Lescuyer Two hundred million hectares, and sixty million people. That’s the size and feeding power of the forests of the Congo Basin – the second largest expanse of tropical forest in the world. Yet this large resource area has often been a flash point for conflict, frequently because of poor forest management and illegal activity. The… Read more »

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