Savouring diversity: supporting community seedbanks in South Africa’s smallholder farming areas

For ages, rural farmers have maintained local seeds, and through them crop biodiversity, using indigenous knowledge passed to them by their ancestors. Farmers select, plant, harvest, clean and store their seeds to feed their families and keep some for the next planting season. They also exchange and share seeds with their neighbors, friends, extended families. >> Read more

First IAAE 2015 Carl K. Eicher Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation

Family, friends and colleagues of the late Carl K. Eicher have established a fund under the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) to support an award for the best doctoral dissertation on Africa to honor the outstanding contributions of the late Professor Eicher to African agricultural research and education. 

New ASTI report: Taking stock of national agricultural R&D capacity in Africa South of the Sahara

This report, which summarizes SSA’s recent progress in developing its national agricultural R&D systems, is intended to serve as an important input into, and potential benchmark for, the implementation of the science agenda in SSA and the broader development agenda for the region. The analysis is based on comprehensive primary datasets by Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), the most recent of which was compiled during 2012–2013.

Enhancing women’s assets to manage risk under climate change: potential for group-based approaches

PIM’s lead center IFPRI has just released a collections of notes under the project “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches”. The project aims to help poor women farmers and pastoralists in Africa south of the Sahara and South Asia—especially those in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, and Bangladesh—manage risks under >> Read more

African Dairy Value Chain Seminar: lessons, tools, approaches to African dairy development

As we've already reported earlier, in September 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU(CTA) organized a dairy value chain seminar with support from the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and Fish. The main topics of discussion were: African smallholder inclusion into dairy value chains Private-sector >> Read more