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Lydia Wamalwa is a molecular plant scientist with the International Potato Center (CIP) whose research in Kenya is hosted at the BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi. Lydia and her colleagues at CIP are working to develop sweetpotatoes that will fight off the sweetpotato weevil without using pesticides. The sweetpotato is an important food crop in developing [...]

Beca-ILRI Hub, Apr/2014

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

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

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

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

Mixed-farming smallholder growers in East and Southern Africa are slated to see a boost in their production and productivity resulting from a strategy that will see agricultural experts from different disciplines and farmers working hand-in-hand at the farm and village levels. International and national agricultural researchers converged in Arusha, Tanzania from 1 to 5 October to identify priority research areas and develop a strategic roadmap for an ambitious project that seeks to improve the livelihood of farmers in East and Southern Africa through better and more efficient integration of crop and livestock in their farms.

While most smallholder farmers in Africa practice mixed farming –growing different crops and trees and keeping various livestock – traditional research efforts have t...

Africa RISING,

Rural livelihoods in West Africa are mainly agro-based and depend on crop and livestock production, processing, and subsequent marketing. Farmers produce cereals, legumes, vegetables and fruit trees and keep livestock. However, optimal system productivity is limited by socioeconomic, biophysical, institutional, financial, and sometimes, policy constraints. Until recently, development in rural communities entailed extension agents advising or teaching farmers about “best practices” developed by...

Africa RISING,

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,


Kimani Wilson
Research Technician


Sahelian Sheep in Bandiagara, Mali

People working on crops

Kimani Wilson
Research Technician