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New App to Fight Fall Armyworm in West Africa

  The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and Pennsylvania State University joined forces to develop and launch an innovative, talking app – Nuru – to help African farmers recognize Fall Armyworm, a new and fast-spreading crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa, so that they can take immediate steps to destroy it and curb its spread. Fall Armyworm first […]

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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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Officials of the Swiss Cooperation Agency Visit CORAF

Two senior officials of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) recently visited CORAF. Their mission was to learn about the organization’s new strategic direction and also identify potential areas of collaboration. CORAF recently adopted new long-term plans designed to tackle emerging agricultural challenges in West and Central Africa. Some of these challenges include youth unemployment, […]

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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 […]

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How’s Niger’s Livestock Faring in Mali

Livestock farmers in West Africa are increasingly turning to the red goat of ‘Maradi‘ and the ‘Balami,’ two of Niger’s revered sheep breed, scientifically proven to adapt better to the changing climate and genetically wealthier. Under the WAAPP, one of the region’s most successful agriculture programs, countries in West Africa have stepped up cooperation not […]