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South Wollo is blessed with an abundance of agro- industrial by-products: Wheat bran from flour factories, oil cake from small scale oil processing factories, as well as brewers waste from a beer brewery. Traders who process their pulses in small grinding mills take away flour as well as husks of pulses as well as ground … Continue reading

LIVES, Mar/2014

Some 5 years ago Ato Berhanu Mulu – the Kalu District fruit and vegetable subject matter specialist, initiated an Association for the production and sale of tropical fruit seedlings – mango, avocado and citrus. Over the years, membership increased from 25 to 53 and most members are young man – only 2 female members. After … Continue reading

LIVES, Feb/2014

Samuel Angwenyi, a research assistant attached to the Cornell University component of the BecA-ILRI Hub Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA) project has been awarded a scholarship by The South African Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (SACIDS). For the past year, Angwenyi has been conducting analysis on samples collected from field trials to help [...]

Beca-ILRI Hub, Nov/2013

As we celebrate world food day, perhaps it’s time to stop and ask ourselves “what really is food?” Food security in Africa is often measured by the availability of the staple starches and animal statistics that focus on major livestock such as cattle, sheep and goats. Research to help African countries overcome the challenges of [...]

Beca-ILRI Hub, Oct/2013

Mid July 2013, a team from the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program and donor representatives visited project intervention sites in Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana, to observe and monitor project progress. The team was composed of USAID representatives led by Jerry Glover, senior project advisor; Tracy … Continue reading »

Africa RISING, Aug/2013

The story of Rhoda Mang'Anya, a farmer in Malawi, is one of the best examples of possible pathways to sustainable intensification. Although it is not a story from Africa RISING, it illustrates very well the kind of pathways that Africa RISING would like to enable.

Rhoad Mang'Anya acquired her half-hectare plot in the early 1990's. The plot was divided between a 'winter season' plot and a garden, where she had planted maize.

At the time, Rhoda was struggling with the poor fertility of her soil. She planted ground nuts and pigeon peas to improve soil nitrogen. In 1994, she benefited from an NGO support program to plant five different tree species (among which faidherbia albida, tephrosia, Gliricidia) which improved the soil fertility and provided good fuel and fodder without requiring inte...

Africa RISING,

Conservation agriculture, which involves minimum tillage of the land and retaining crop residues on the land, has proven useful for increasing yield and at the same time managing soil fertility and increasing farmers resilience to drought and climate variability in Malawi. However, so far the technology has mainly focused on maize. Can the technology be expanded to other crops?

The early win project Sustainable Intensification and Diversification of Maize-based Farming Systems in Malawi led by Washington State University (WSU), evaluated three farming systems - continuous no-till maize, conservation agriculture for sweet potato and cassava, and conventional farming for sweet potato and cas...

Africa RISING,

Le Mali s’est engagée dans un programme de sécurité alimentaire nationale (PNSA) qui couvre la période 2008 – 2017. Ce programme se justifie par les dernières années qui ont vu les campagnes agricoles devenir très capricieuses et imprévisibles, alternant années excédentaires et années de crises. La sécurité alimentaire est rendue d'autant plus préoccupante à la suite des manifestations des changements et de variabilité climatiques. C’est dans ce contexte que l’Association Malienne...

Africa RISING,

While improved varieties can give farmers increased yields, the percentage of small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa growing them is very low, especially for legumes. One reason for this is the unavailability and unaffordability of the seeds.

The early win project on ‘Multiplication of breeder and basic seed for Maize and Legumes in Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia’ aimed to speed up the production of breeder and foundation seeds of improved varieties released by researchers to make them available to farmers. It was led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

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Africa RISING,

Mycotoxins are deadly chemicals produced by naturally-occurring fungi which contaminate key staples crops while in the field and in storage and adversely affect the health of human and livestock. They thrive when crops suffer drought or insect attack in the field, are harvested when conditions are wet and stored in places that are warm and moist with limited free-flowing air and attacked by insects.

One of the well-known and most deadly mycotoxin is aflatoxin which causes liver cancer, suppresses the body’s immune system, stunts growth of children and in cases of acute poisoning, leads to death.

In international trade, food is routinely tested for mycotoxin contamination and when levels are higher than those recommended shipments are rejected. However, foods from farmers’ and in local an...

Africa RISING,


Kimani Wilson
Research Technician


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People working on crops

Kimani Wilson
Research Technician