TAAT pre-appraisal meeting focuses on technology outscaling for African agricultural transformation

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), held a project pre-appraisal meeting for the Bank’s new initiative, Feeding Africa or the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program on 18-30 July 2016, at the IITA headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria. The TAAT program is a critical strategy for transforming agriculture on the continent that would ensure that Africa is able to feed itself through agriculture. The appraisal meeting took place in two batches to allow for ...

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Public-private partnership scales up use of new climate-resilient rice varieties in Uganda

Monday, August 15th, 2016

  The inauguration of harvesting of new high-yielding and climate-resilient upland rice varieties (ARICA-5, NERICA-4 and NamChe-3) on a 3,000-acre rice farm run by Vinayak Agro-Farm Ltd. in Northern Uganda, took place  6 July 2016. A delegation comprising Dr Ambrose Agona, Director General of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO); Prof Joseph Obua, Chairman of NARO Council; Dr Asea Godfrey, Director of the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI); and Mr Joseph Bazaale, Commissioner Seed Certification and Inspection under the Ministry ...

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SARD-SC project, changing lives and giving women a voice in Sierra Leone

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The SARD- SC project conducted a ten- day gender outcomes harvesting in Sierra Leone,recently to assess how the project has contributed to economic and social empowerment of women organized around cassava processing units and how this achievement reinforced complementarities between men and women engaged in cassava value chain as equal partners. It was also to assess how the beneficiaries of project interventions have brought about social developmental outcomes. Agriculture is the main stay of the country and economy, with a subsistence ...

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Project showcases technological innovations and commodity value chains products at FARA

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The SARD-SC project participated in the exhibition of agricultural goods and services during the recently held Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and FARA general Assembly held in Kigali, Rwanda. Project posters detailing commodity value chain achievements of rice, cassava, maize and wheat were copiously and conspicuously displayed in the SARD-SC booths. The rice value chain commodity screened its various technological innovations and developments on a flat screen television for the viewing pleasure of participants. The flagship of the innovations, the ...

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