A nano-sized bio-degradable clay-comprising double stranded ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) could offer a cost-effective, clean and green alternative to chemical-based plant pesticides.more

Climate change


Excessive groundwater extraction for agriculture is widely blamed for India’s declining water table. However, a new study says that changes in rainfall patterns may be more responsible for groundwater depletion and suggests that...more

Via the “Sowing App” farmers receive important information on seeds, soil treatment etc. <br/>Photo: ICRISAT


ICRISAT, Microsoft and the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are co-operating on introducing a digital “Sowing Application” to help farmers to optimise their groundnut harvests. The app provides farmers with essential information on...more

A farmer checks whether the pods on his pigeon pea plant are ripe. <br/> Photo: Swathi Sridharan /


By planting pigeon peas alongside maize, African farmers can improve the soil and their own nutritional intake, a doctoral thesis at Swiss ETH Zürich concludes. more

Signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding for the ‘Africa Rice Development Partnership’. <br/>Photo: Rural Development Administration (RDA)
Plant breeding


In an enhanced strategic partnership under the Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) a new generation of productive and stress-tolerant rice varieties will be developed and the African rice gene pool...more



Researchers at the University of Hohenheim are developing solar-powered milk cooling for smallholders in Africa and strategic feeding for dairy cattle in Tunisia and Kenya. The projects are part of the “One World, No Hunger”...more



Fertile farmland around the globe is eaten up mostly by rapid urbanisation. Scientists say that the food produced on that area would be enough to provide more than 300 million people with 2,500 calories per day for a whole year.more



The so far only large-scale study of an Ebola vaccine tested on human beings has now demonstrated reliable protection against the dangerous virus while displaying good tolerability.more



Taking on the challenge of learning to improve monitoring & evaluation beyond standards, a group of CGIAR research programmes on dryland systems have built upon their experiences from the first phase to develop the first...more



The report of an international research team illustrates the global consequences of illegal logging for the environment, economy and societies.more



Biochemists and virologists at Marburg University in Germany successfully tested an inhibitor of the African Ebola virus produced from a plant substance.more



A recent study by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) reveals, that around 40 per cent more milk and tens of millions of dollars in revenue could be possible for African farmers provided hey adopt new...more

Climate change


In a recent publication, scientists at Austria’s Graz University have proposed two bundles of measures on how current and future threats from climate change can be tackled without letting the major CO2 emitters off the hook.more



The “aCar” project at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, will make emobility viable for the rural population in poor regions with weak infrastructure. more

Farmers in Western India sow wheat using zero tillage.<br />Photo: © CSISA/CIMMYT


For the first time, zero tillage has been proven to dramatically boost wheat yields and deliver significant economic benefits to Indian smallholder farmers in seasons of excess rainfall.more

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