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Effective weed management can increase rice yields by more than 50%. This farmer to farmer video shows how to control weeds in lowland rice by using herbicides in a safe and efficient way. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Jun/2014

A global action plan to fight cassava viruses was published in the Food Security Journal early this month. The Bellagio Conference Roadmap, was developed at cassava expert meeting that took place in Bellagio, Italy, in May 2013 by an alliance of approximately forty researchers with varied backgrounds – from agronomy to social sciences Convened by [...]

Beca-ILRI Hub, May/2014

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

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

Various organizations have developed and promoted many practices aimed at improving yields, and managing water and soil at the farm level. Which of these have farmers really adopted and what factors have led to the adoption or non- adoption? Which of these are really effective and can be scaled up in the Africa RISING project?

The early win project on 'Cataloguing tested crop, soil and water management practices in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia,' led by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), took stock of all technologies introduced to small-holder farmers in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi to improve production of important staple crops and assessed, through existing literature and documents, their acc...

Africa RISING,

Today's edition of Naturehas an article by Jerry Glover, John Reganold and Cindy Cox in which they explain, with examples from Malawi harmer Rhoda Mang'yana, how planting perennials can help save Africa's soils. Rhoda's story:...

Africa RISING,


Kimani Wilson
Research Technician


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Kimani Wilson
Research Technician