Research on maize improvement by international agricultural research centers and partners in SSA is increasing harvests in the region and enhancing farmers’ lives.
In Nigeria, farmers say that improved varieties are addressing constraints such as the parasitic weed Striga, drought, poor soil fertility and pests and diseases that limit productivity, reduce yield and make farming unattractive. For farmer Hajiya Hafsatu Riruwai the encounter with improved maize technologies last year brought a profound change to her life.
Digital Green’s idea to film and screen ‘best practice’ videos of farming techniques across villages in India has won over both farmers and the government. To date, the non-profit international development organization has produced over 2,800 videos in more than 20 languages, reaching 3,000 villages and over 330,000 farmers. The organization currently implements projects in eight states in India and in select areas in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania in Africa with over 20 partners.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a set of maps and analyses — the Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development — created by leading researchers to illustrate the current state of, challenges and prospects for agricultural productivity in Africa.
China is home to 1.3 billion people and faces increasing demand for cereal production, for both human and animal consumption as demand for meat products rises. This large and growing population makes food security and improved cereal yields a national priority.