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  • Investing in pearl millet; the pearl of the drylands
    ASARECA and partners are in the process of developing and delivering a cropping system and value-chain to enhance the production of the pearl millet in the arid and semi arid lands of the sub-region. To achieve this, ASARECA is investing in enhancing genetic resources and addressing post harvest,...
  • Keeping Napier as best feeding option in Burundi, Rwanda
    A new project meant to help farmers in the sub-region to access innovations to control the incidence of Napier smut and stunt diseases, is on course. The project; Validating Management Practices to control Napier stunt and smut diseases for increased feed availability in small holder systems of...
  • Ensuring that livestock get adequate feeding even in drought
    Until the close of 2012, ASARECA implemented projects which produced and tested several technologies and innovations to improve livestock productivity and marketing in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. Important outputs Important outputs with a potential to mitigate crises in Arid and Semi-arid areas...
  • Regional efforts to control banana wilt disease
    A team of scientists from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, supported by ASARECA, is working with farmers and local communities to control the deadly disease, Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), which is affecting Banana. The disease is the most serious threat to the banana sector in Eastern...
  • Results out - District council approves Sustainable Land Use Bill
    ASARECA’s efforts to create conducive policies, regulations and incentives for farmers in Bukwo district in Eastern Uganda could soon pay off.  After four years of support to the district to make laws on land use, Bukwo district Council on February 27, 2013, overwhelmingly adopted a Bill that could...
  • Turning climate change risks into opportunities
    Until recently, Anthony Mwangi Kieti, a farmer from Machakos in Kenya, knew that his homeland was a good-for nothing undulating topography. Mwangi’s location has been a victim of hyper-galloping runoff, which has washed away top fertile soil leaving the area barren.  To survive, Mwangi and village...
  • What are they doing, where? Tracing ASARECA/SCARDA MsSc scientists
    (A series of articles detailing how the former ASARECA/SCARDA scientists were received back in their countries, where they have been deployed and the contribution they are making to their countries) Hungry for well trained senior scientists to drive agricultural research in the country, the Rwanda...
  • Mainstreaming crusade to unleash the potential of drylands
    Drylands occupy about 90% the total land area of Kenya, 75% of Tanzania and 67% of Ethiopia. However, the low amount of rainfall in drylands and the high degree of climatic variability limits the possibilities for rain-fed crop production in these areas. More than 60 million people (about 40...
  • Hope for African Sorghum farmers as Striga resistant variety is released
    Hassan, a farmer from North Kordofan in Sudan, was ecstatic when four new varieties of sorghum were released by the Agricultural Research Corporation, Sudan on June 19 2012 at the ministry of Agriculture headquarters, Khartoum. “Immediately the seed is available, we will plant it,” he announced. “...
  • Opening up a global dream for Rwandan rural banana processors.
    Christine Murebwayire, one of the 20 members of COPROVIBA cooperative, is confident that her cooperative is set to become one of Rwanda’s most acclaimed rural farm based entrepreneurs. Recently, Christine, who is also the coordinator of the cooperative, received a presidential handshake from the...

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