Project Maize component commences accelerated implementation of activities in Cameroon

Monday, December 5th, 2016

  The launch of an Innovation Platform recently at the Regional Office of Institute of Agricultural Research for Development IRAD, Bambui, Cameroon is yet another milestone in the implementation of the SARD-SC Maize project. When the Government of Cameroon requested to participate in the SARD-SC Project, several bottle necks were identified along the maize value chain that could be addressed using the innovation platform model. It is heartening to report months of consultations involving the Government of Cameroon, SARD-SC Project Team ...

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P4D focus to promote mechanization through TAAT and Enable youth programs

Monday, December 5th, 2016

During the recently held Partnership for delivery week, Dr. Peter Kolawole, Postharvest Specialist of SARD-SC Project (coordinator of IITA Mechanization office) presented a paper on mechanization which highlighted the current status and future plans of IITA mechanization on agriculture. One of the reasons to mechanize agricultural processes is to reduce farm drudgery by using the appropriate machines.  Dr. Kolawole‘s presentation brought to the fore the lack or poor mechanization of agricultural processes in many African countries, using a comparative analysis of ...

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Sudanese government continues to support SARD-SC wheat seed production

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

As a continuation of his support to wheat production in Sudan, His Excellency the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr. Ibrahim Adam Ahmed Al-Dekhairi attended a seed wheat harvest day coordinated by SARD-SC Wheat component and its local partner, the Agricultural Research Corporation, ARC Sudan at Elbasatna in the Gezira region. A total of 35 hectares of seed wheat fields, planted by farmers in the Elbasatna Innovation Platform were harvested. A key factor to wide adoption of the newly-released high yield ...

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Focus on integrated soil fertility management increases cassava yield by 60% inTanzania

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The IITA/SARD-SC project’s study on Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) for productive and sustainable cassava production systems in Tanzania has yielded encouraging results. Preliminary results from the ongoing study have shown an increase of nearly 60% in cassava yield which translates to a 30 % increase in income for farmers in the coastal, eastern and western regions of Tanzania. The study is part of the Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic crops in Africa (SARD-SC) project funded by ...

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