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climbing beans in Rwanda

Photo N. Palmer (CIAT)

April 19, 2016

‘Leave no one behind’ commits global agricultural research and innovation community


International representatives from key sectors in agri-food research and innovation have pledged to ‘leave no one behind’ by committing to create more opportunities for rural women and youth, to equip tomorrow’s farmers and researchers with the skills they need, and to push for more investment so that rural communities can grow and flourish. These were… Read more »

E.Hermanowicz (Bioversity International)

Photo E.Hermanowicz (Bioversity International)

April 15, 2016

Measuring food loss and waste


By Sara Gustafson The global food system puts significant pressure on the world’s natural resources and is a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, a large amount of the food produced by this system is either lost or wasted each year, lowering overall productivity and hurting both producers and consumers. According… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

March 31, 2016

New program in Rwanda will transform agriculture through climate information and historic data reconstruction


The Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, which launches on #WorldMetDay 2016, will benefit nearly one million farmers over the next three years and reshape national food security planning for the long term. (Kigali, Rwanda) 23 March 2016 – To build a more climate-resilient agriculture sector, the Rwandan government and partners are taking action to provide nearly… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

February 17, 2016

Persuasion: Towards a calculus of influence in livestock research for development


By Susan Macmillan (ILRI) An ‘advocacy wheel’ diagram from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—which used it to help improve outcomes for children’s nutrition by way of the UN Sustainable Development Goals—presented by Hien Tran at a Livestock Advocacy and Communications Convening held at ILRI’s Ethiopia campus in Nov 2015. In November last year (2015),… Read more »


Photo P. Kimeli

Maize lethal necrosis field day demonstrates promising maize germplasm


By Brenda Wawa Since maize lethal necrosis (MLN) was first reported in Kenya in 2011, CIMMYT and its partners, including Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), have been intensively engaged in breeding for resistance to the disease, which was later confirmed to be present in D.R. Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. KALRO and… Read more »

Divya Pandey (IFPRI)

Photo Divya Pandey (IFPRI)

February 11, 2016

Ethiopian wheat offers unique source of diversity for weathering climate change


A pioneering analysis of selected varieties of Ethiopian durum wheat has revealed a fresh source of genetic diversity, which could allow crop breeders to create new varieties more resilient to climate change-induced stresses. The study, published in the Plant Biotechnology Journal and undertaken by scientists in Italy and Ethiopia, was unprecedented in its scale, methods of analysis, and… Read more »

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