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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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Specialty blended fertilizers for root and tuber crops

  • Paul Woomer
  • plwoomer@gmail.com

Mixes of common inorganic fertilizers have been specifically developed for tuber and root crops like sweet potato and cassava that create balanced availability of nutrients for the crop to grow fast and produce large tubers. These kind of fertilizers supply elements like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulfur that are insufficiently available in soils across many landscapes and farmer fields of …

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Relay intercropping of sweet potato with legumes

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

Cultivating sweet potato alongside with legumes on the same piece of land offers multiple advantages as compared to when the two crops are grown separately in monocrop cultures. The mixing of sweet potato and legumes gives rise to increased yields and total harvests for farmers because of it allows to make better use of land, nutrient and water resources, improve …

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