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Picture of a farming villageFrom time to time, we need to step back and consider “Why AGCommons?” Because almost everything in the realm of agricultural development is dependent upon a clear understanding of “spatial” data components or “where” data. These include, for example, the location of: critical soil types, ecosystems, climate, market opportunities, pest populations, etc. We can see how these differences affect farming in these two pictures, from locations with very different soil and rainfall characteristics. (more…)

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Map of climate similarity to the Maroua, Cameron trial site, based on the Homologue™ model. The areas in red are the most similar in terms of rainfall, temperature and seasonal weather pattern.

While Asia and Latin America have benefitted from the Green Revolution, agricultural yields in Africa have increased little over the last half century.  This gap is due, in part, to the current state of African research systems. Improved systems will lead to increased yields, a solution that African governments and donors already recognize. (more…)

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Dr Hannibal Muhtar and Tanzanian groundnut breeder Dr. Omari Mponda

Naliendele means “eat when you are sleeping” in the local language of Southeast Tanzania. It is also the name of the community where you can find the Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute. According to local legend, a man had been traveling over long distances when he arrived to this community. He was very tired from his long journey. The people of the community gave him food and a place to sleep. The next day the man could not remember if he had eaten any food the previous day. He had been so tired from his journey that he could not remember. The people of the community said he ate while he was sleeping.

Naliendele ARI is an important site for research on cashew nut, groundnut, sesame, cassava and other crops.

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We invite all AgCommons readers to visit the Africa trial sites website at Africats.org. The project promotes cultivar evaluation throughout the continent.  Please create an account to take advantage of the full functionality of the website.  We also ask that anyone interested in participating in our network contact us for more information.

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Agricultural scientists involved in the Africa Trial Sites project held a brainstorming session during the Generation Challenge Program’s (GCP) Annual Research Meeting (ARM). (more…)

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Mali agronomists tell us that adoption of improved varieties in the country is around 5%. The reasons are familiar. The agricultural extension service needs to be expanded if the ministry of agriculture is ever going to reach farmers. Many farmers lack connection to the major towns and cities. Improved varieties usually need to be adopted in conjunction with other technologies, like fertilizer or irrigation.

One key barrier to adoption is simply that the improved varieties are not adapted to local conditions. Strengthening trial sites can help agricultural scientisits test which varieties are best adapted to which specific sites. The Africa Trials Sites project aims to help African farmers overcome this barrier by supporting cultivar testing.

In the attached photo a Mali farmer explains his participation in on-farm participatory trials of maize, groundnut and sorghum. To the left of him is Africa Trial Sites colleague and IITA scientist Kai Sonder.

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The Africa Trial Sites network will have an informal meeting in Bamako, Mali in conjunction with the Generation Challenge Program’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM). Network participants will plan next steps in the development of the catalogue. They will spend a day and half in the field visiting trial sites and villages where agronomists and farmers are working in crop improvement. If you would like to participate in this meeting or for more information contact Glenn Hyman

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