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October 2015

Agriculture ministers agree to smart initiatives to move agriculture

Ministers in-charge of Agricultural Research for Development from Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda have pledged to fast-track the implementation of sustainable intensification of agricultural practices to optimize benefits.

 

Representatives of Agriculture Ministers and delegates at the Policy Forum

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Policy conference

Agriculture Ministers and eminent researchers from eight Eastern and Southern African countries will on October 27-28 converge in Entebbe, Uganda to discuss available options to increase agricultural productivity, food security and income for smallholder farmers. Read more about Policy conference

Policy conference

Agriculture Ministers and eminent researchers from eight Eastern and Southern African countries will on October 27-28 converge in Entebbe, Uganda to discuss available options to increase agricultural productivity, food security and income for smallholder farmers. Read more about Policy conference

Farmers speak of technology benefits

A new book in which farmers express excitement over improvements in their livelihoods is out. The book, “Celebrating EAAPP,” is a collection of testimonies by farmers, on how they interacted with research and extension staff under the Eastern Agricultural Productivity Programme (EAAPP) and benefitted from a range of technologies, innovations and management practices. Read more about Farmers speak of technology benefits

Africa must reclaim her rightful status on global agricultural commodity market, EAAPP conference

African countries have failed to use their competiveness and a range of strategic advantages to negotiate a favourable status for agricultural products of the global market, participants at the Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (EAAPP) end of Phase 1 Conference have been told.

 

“We continue to underrate our power to assert our rightful status on the global market. Multinational corporations take advantage of this to dominate benefits from commodities from our countries,” Prof. Nuhu Hatibu, the Chief Executive Officer, Kilimo Trust, told the delegates. Read more about Africa must reclaim her rightful status on global agricultural commodity market, EAAPP conference

ASARECA praised for making EAAPP a reality

ASARECA has been praised for providing mechanisms and technical backstopping for regional centres of excellence to work together and share technologies, Innovations and Management Practices during EAAPP Phase 1.

 

Prof. Segor addressing the conference

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EAAPP countries urge the World Bank to roll out EAAPP Phase 11

The Policy makers, leading agricultural researchers, socio-economists and farmers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have urged the World Bank to roll out EAAPP Phase 11 as initially planned. Read more about EAAPP countries urge the World Bank to roll out EAAPP Phase 11

South Sudan confronts maize Lethal Necrosis Disease

South Sudan is making progress in efforts to control the spread of the Maize Lethal Necrosis disease (MLN) as well as in finding varieties that are resistant to the virus. South Sudan research teams have so far assembled and sent 12 types of maize germplasm for screening under artificial inoculation at the CIMMYT MLN facility in Naivasha, Kenya.

 

The teams are also in the process of increasing seed for selected hybrids and for open pollinated varieties with tolerance and resistance to MLN. Read more about South Sudan confronts maize Lethal Necrosis Disease

How climate smart rice innovations are changing livelihoods in Madagascar

Solotiana Vaoarilinina  from Andratsainimahamasina commune in  Madagascar  harvested  4.1t/ha of rice from about 0.45ha of land during the 2014-2015 cropping season.  From this, she expects to get enough food to support her family for several months as well as raise US$ 460. The family will also use part of the money to complete a stalled permanent house which she started constructing in 2014 using other resources.

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NaCRRI, ASARECA MLND trials in Eastern Uganda

Since the new ASARECA supported Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease project kicked off in 2014, progress has been registered in the two main sites in Eastern Uganda.  In Bulambuli, one of the sites near Sironko district, the MLN screening trials established on April 27, 2014 to identify MLN resistant/tolerant varieties, are ongoing.

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