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Grain Amaranth - the drought-beater

Grain Amaranth - the drought-beater

Widely regarded as a weed and largely ignored by crop breeders, grain amaranth has been introduced into western Kenya as a drought-tolerant food and cash crop for small farmers.

Date published: July 2010

Biofortification - breeding for better nutrition

Biofortification - breeding for better nutrition

The AgroSalud initiative, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is tackling malnutrition through biofortification (breeding for improved nutritional content), in four staple crops: rice, maize, sweet potato and common bean.

Date published: May 2010

Fodder shrubs deliver dairy success

Fodder shrubs deliver dairy success

By increasing milk production, fodder shrubs have increased the incomes of farmers in Kenya and enabled them to diversify their livelihoods. In addition to better earnings, fodder shrubs have helped to increase the confidence and status of women.

Date published: March 2010

Pineapple waste not, want not

Pineapple waste not, want not

Pineapples are, in yield per hectare, the most productive crop in the world; however, processing the crop for production of juice or chopped fruit creates signficant waste. Pineapple exporter Blueskies Ghana Limited is turning waste into an opportunity, producing compost which is sold to local farmers at a subsidised price.

Date published: January 2010

Participatory bean breeding in the Andes

Participatory bean breeding in the Andes

Small farmers are helping CIAT develop improved varieties of bush and climbing beans. This picture story, from the town of Darién in Colombia's Western Andes, documents this participatory process and sheds light on CIAT's research, the lives of bean farmers and the techniques used in traditional bean production.

Date published: November 2009

Net improvement for Lake Victoria

Net improvement for Lake Victoria

Fresh Nile perch fillets, sold locally or exported to Europe, earn millions of dollars a year for Lake Victoria's fishing communities. But beach management units must fight hard to control the illegal use of unsuitable nets, which put fish stocks at risk.

Date published: September 2009

Knowledge is power for Nepal's hill people

Knowledge is power for Nepal's hill people

Farmers and foresters in Nepal's mid-hills are sharing information and research findings, building their power in the marketplace and their ability to control the resources they depend on.

Date published: July 2009

A-maize-ing progress in Ethiopia

A-maize-ing progress in Ethiopia

Demand for improved maize varieties has outstripped supply as Ethiopian highland farmers experience increasing yields. The new varieties have been introduced by CIMMYT in partnership with the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research.

Date published: May 2009

The appeal of peel

The appeal of peel

Rubbish and food waste dumped on the roadside is not only a health hazard for those living nearby, but also a wasted resource. Vegetable peel, fruit skins and other waste can be turned into animal feed, or even a source of fuel.

Date published: March 2009

Desert dessert - camel milk ice cream

Desert dessert - camel milk ice cream

Camel herders in the Thar desert of northern India have launched a new camel-based business producing camel milk ice cream.

Date published: January 2009

 

 

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