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Global actions needed to combat fall armyworm

October 1st, 2018 / SciDevNet

Fighting fall armyworm requires global efforts as the pest could spread to more countries, warn scientists. Within the past two years, Fall armyworm has spread to 44 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, threatening the food security of about 200 million people who depend on maize as a staple food crop, experts say. The detection …

Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

August 17th, 2018 / India Blooms

The UN agency is offering its expertise to farmers and Governments in the region to help them manage Fall Armyworm. The insect was recently detected in India, marking the first time it has been found in Asia, and FAO fears it is “highly likely” to spread, with southeast Asia and …

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 …

India in a race against wilt in Cavendish banana

April 25th, 2018 / Business Line

Tropical Race 4 (TR4), the virulent strain of fungus Fusarium oxysporum cubense that is threatening banana crop globally with the fusarium wilt disease, has hit the plantations in India, the world’s top producer of the fruit. The devastating disease which surfaced in the Cavendish group of bananas in parts of Bihar is …

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 …

Maruti, the pigeonpea saviour

April 24th, 2018 / CGIAR

A direct release of the pigeonpea variety ICP 8863, also known as Maruti, from the ICRISAT genebank helped revitalize the pigeonpea industry in Karnataka, India. Maruti was released in 1986 at a time when the pigeonpea industry in parts of India was being hit hard by Fusarium wilt. Within a few seasons, Maruti …

Sprouting grains for stronger bones: The power of finger millet

September 7th, 2017 / Farming First

The calcium-rich cereal finger millet has great potential for combatting calcium deficiency around the world, says Jerome Bossuet of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Read …

Africa seeks agricultural transformation with India’s help

May 30th, 2017 / Business Standard, India

With a vast untapped potential in agriculture, African countries are keen to gain from India’s experiences, including the “green revolution”, to bring about a transformation and enable their 420 million poor people to come out of poverty.
Africa is estimated to have 65 percent of world’s uncultivated land but only about …

India-Africa seed sector collaboration: emerging prospects and challenges

January 12th, 2017 / Eldis, UK

India-Africa seed sector has promises for improving trade with various African nations. This discussion paper analyses the external orientation of the Indian seed industry, institutional architecture for enabling trade of vegetable crop seeds, explores the African seed sector for its dynamics and identifies challenges in the seed sector collaboration between …