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Legumes offer hope for food security, poverty eradication

November 22nd, 2018 / The Standard, Kenya

Legumes food crop farming can end Kenya’s perennial food insecurity and generate income for farmers. This follows the coming up of resolutions by researchers and scientists that will help African countries gain food security and sustainable development at the seventh international food legume research conference in Marrakech, Morocco recently.
Scientists said …

Wild cousins of finger millet show promise of parasite resistance

October 16th, 2018 / ICRISAT

Finger millet can be grown at altitudes ranging from sea level to over 2000 metres above sea level, can withstand drought, and has high levels of essential amino acids and micronutrients.
Dr Chrispus Oduori kneels amidst a sea of colorful plastic buckets in a screenhouse in Western Kenya and shifts some …

Orphan no more: Genomic boost to chickpea yield, climate resilience

July 19th, 2018 / Mongabay

The humble chickpea (Cicer arietinum) has its own genetic atlas, following a five-year long effort by researchers from International Crops Research Institute for the Semi‐Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India. The researchers say that genetic information mapped in the atlas could be harnessed to boost productivity and climate resilience in chickpea and …

Saving the seed: A bank that secures the future of agriculture

July 12th, 2018 / Mongabay

Stashed away in earthquake proof and environment-controlled vaults in south India are stockpiles of seeds of crops important to semi-arid tropics covering Asia, much of southern and eastern Africa, and Latin America. This fortified archive at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) headquarters at Patancheru near Hyderabad is …

Africa’s first biofortified pearl millet variety aims to combat anaemia

June 8th, 2018 / ICRISAT

For millions of women and children in Africa anaemia is a significant public health concern—and diets deficient in iron are often to blame. But consuming a new variety of pearl millet called chakti—with an additional 20% of the estimated average requirement of iron—may improve their nutritional status and help them …

Millets and sorghum: forgotten foods for the future

April 25th, 2018 / Food Tank

Millets and sorghum are grains that are nutrient-rich, drought-tolerant crops and can support communities around the world. The International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in partnership with Feed the Future’s Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program, is developing innovative methods to make these grains attractive again in the …

A hidden side of climate change adaptation: identifying and developing drought-tolerant crops

December 3rd, 2015 / Thomas Reuters Foundation

Through conventional yet smart plant breeding, ICRISAT aims to create new drought-tolerant and productive crop varieties in a faster way, so that smallholder farmers in Africa or South Asia have the right climate-adapted crops to cope with a 2 degrees warmer climate. Read …