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Slow Millet Productivity Pose Fresh Challenges to Researchers

Despite recent breakthroughs in research, insufficient production and climate change are challenging millet researchers anew, an international conference has heard. Communities are looking up to scientists to design new varieties that can boost productivity, feed the people of West Africa, reduce hunger and poverty. Combined with pests’ attack, inadequate access to markets, and other emerging […]

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Cashew Creations for Women’s Employment in Senegal

The West African Women’s Association (AFAO/WAWA) started an initiative to boost cashew processing in Senegal. Rather than selling raw cashews to traders, they decided to expand post-harvest opportunities close to home by training and equipping hundreds of women to process and market cashew apples and nuts. Food Tank spoke to AFAO/WAWA Regional President Khady Fall Tall about this initiative. AFAO/WAWA seeks “to promote the economic […]

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Chad & CORAF Agree to Promote Climate-Smart Technologies

An agreement signed today, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, between the Government of Chad and CORAF, is expected to speed up the uptake of improved technologies and particularly climate-smart innovations. Chad is currently experiencing erratic climatic conditions and land degradation. The agreement signed between both parties will facilitate the deployment of climate-sensitive technologies in priority commodities […]

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The ‘New Scientists’ Re-energizing Livestock Research in Niger

About a decade ago, the department of animal production of Niger’s National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRAN) had just one PhD-qualified agricultural researcher. INRAN is Niger’s principal agricultural research agency “Today, there are eight PhD-qualified agricultural researchers in the Department of Animal Production in INRAN thanks mostly to the capacity building initiatives of the West […]