P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

Photo P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

Strengthening ties with Kenya

The common interests of the Kenyan government and ICRISAT in improving the nutrition and income of smallholder farmers, involving youth in agriculture, use of information technology and involving private sector in agriculture were explored in a recent meeting between Mr Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Dr David Bergvinson,… Read more »


Photo P. Kimeli

New study links poverty to heightened levels of aflatoxin exposure

 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 »

Anne Wangalachi (CIMMYT)

Photo Anne Wangalachi (CIMMYT)

Smallholders gaining from nitrogen-efficient maize

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 »


Photo P. Kimeli

The scorecard, as a marathon maize project winds up after eight years

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project has contributed to a stronger food system in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, through more than 200 improved maize varieties to help farmers cope with climate change and low-fertility soils through collaboration. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, 14th September, 2015 – Partners and funders of the Drought Tolerant… Read more »