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By Walter Ocimati   Like Covid-19, the bacteria that causes Xanthomonas wilt (aka BXW) in bananas can spread quickly through a population of susceptible plants, albeit with a more devastating impact since not only will the infected plants succumb to the disease, all the cultivars that have been exposed to the bacteria so far turned […]

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Rwandan cassava and potato farmers face the challenge of finding fertilizer recommendations to generate higher yields and profits. Current fertilizer recommendations are crop-specific but are not tailored to different locations, soil types, farm types, or field histories. This often leads to suboptimal responses to fertilizer application, over- or under-use of fertilizers, and a revenue loss […]

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Disease surveillance and mapping has for long heavily relied on in-person field surveys by knowledgeable staff. However, this approach has been limited by its high cost, often limited human capacity and difficulty in accessing more remote locations. In addition, the inability of farmers and sometimes local extension staff to rightly identify and or differentiate between […]

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Rollout of development interventions using a one-size-fits-all model can achieve economies of scale but can neglect the variability in farm and farmer characteristics. A data-driven approach to incorporate farmer diversity in scaling strategies may help to achieve greater development impact, researchers from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), […]

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CIALCA has published its Annual Report over 2019. Now 2,5 years into the current CIALCA phase, CIALCA is happy to report good progress. For CIALCA, 2019 was a good year. We made excellent progress along our three Pillars, had a very successful Mid-term Review meeting with strong partner and donor representation, attracted complementary funding to […]

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New research by scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Wageningen University, reveals that cavies are important for meat consumption, especially for children, and offer opportunity to generate petty cash and manure for crop production in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Entitled “Micro-livestock in smallholder farming systems: the role, challenges […]

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