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Maize-legume rotation and intercropping

  • Jonga Munyaradzi
  • j.munyaradzi@aatf-africa.org

Cultivating maize and legumes on the same piece of land simultaneously or alternatingly offers multiple advantages as compared to growing the cereal as continuous monocrop. Legumes enhance the amount of nitrogen (N) in soils during and after its cultivation which can be used to tackle constraints on cereal yields in subsistence farming systems because of nutrient limitation and make savings …

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Deep urea placement (nitrogen management)

  • Ernest Asiedu
  • e.asiedu@cgiar.org

Nitrogen (N) application rates to rice paddies by input of urea fertilizer in Sub-Saharan Africa are generally low, and very often the uptake of nitrogen from this synthetic source by rice crops is limited because of losses to air and groundwater. Better management of N fertilization by farmers in rice production offers a lot of room for enhancing grain productivity, …

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Advanced rice varieties for Africa (ARICA lines)

  • Ernest Asiedu
  • e.asiedu@cgiar.org

A new generation of high-performing and locally adapted hybrid rice cultivars has been launched since 2013 through breeding programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, which are known as ARICA varieties. This brand of improved germplasm is the successor to NERICA varieties and provides opportunities to rice farmers and traders on the continent because these new varieties are well adapted to the growing …

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New rice for Africa (NERICA varieties)

  • Ernest Asiedu
  • e.asiedu@cgiar.org

Improved rice cultivars for a broad range of growing areas in Africa have been developed by breeders through crossing of natural landraces from the continent with lines of Asian rice. These NERICA varieties get a greater yield and are more resistant to weeds and diseases compared common non-improved varieties. Having inherited the ability from African types of rice to grow …

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Fall armyworm control in maize production; e.g. FORTENZA(TM) Duo

  • Jonga Munyaradzi
  • j.munyaradzi@aatf-africa.org

Chemical control agents for fall armyworms have proven to be highly effective in protecting maize crops from the pest and holding back its rapid spread that is threatening millions of farmers in major production zones across Sub-Saharan Africa. A range of insecticide products are marketed on the continent by agro-input suppliers that kill larvae of FAW inside the soil and …

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Drought tolerant maize varieties (DTMA, WEMA and others)

  • Jonga Munyaradzi
  • j.munyaradzi@aatf-africa.org

Many manufacturers and suppliers of seed in Africa are marketing varieties of maize that are able to get satisfactory grain yields when there is short supply of water and/or severe water stress, making it possible for farmers to tackle unfavorable rainfall conditions. Conventional breeding, marker-assisted breeding, and biotechnological modification are used by local and international breeders for making drought tolerant …

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Imazapyr resistant maize for Striga management (IR maize)

  • Jonga Munyaradzi
  • j.munyaradzi@aatf-africa.org

Commercial seed manufacturers are marketing improved maize varieties that are modified to be resistant against imazapyr, a herbicide protecting the crop against parasitic Striga weeds. IR maize lines have been developed for many areas in Sub-Saharan Africa where production is severely affected by the pest that feeds of nutrients and water from the crop. Using IR maize seed coated in …

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Purple-fleshed sweet potato (high in antioxidants)

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

Sweet potatoes with a purple colored flesh have been introduced from Hawaii and Japan into African farming systems and markets over the past decade. In compared to white or yellow sweet potatoes the purple-fleshed types have two to three times more antioxidant activity that boost the body’s growth, immune system and brain activity. Eating purple-fleshed sweet potato (PFSP) is improving …

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