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Need for developing blast-resistant pearl millet in India emphasized

The need for breeding blast-resistant pearl millet varieties was strongly voiced by breeders from seed companies, who attended a field day held at ICRISAT headquarters recently. Pearl millet blast, caused by Pyricularia grisea, has emerged as a serious disease of pearl millet hybrids in India in the past 7-8 years. Host plant resistance is the most economical and viable disease management strategy to control the disease. However, resistance in the commercial hybrids being grown in India is not available as no…

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Biofortified pearl millet varieties to fight iron and zinc deficiencies in India

By Dr Kedar N Rai This blog was first featured in ICRISAT Agri-buzz Micronutrient malnutrition because of iron and zinc deficiencies is a serious public health problem in low-and middle-economy countries worldwide.  In India alone, about 80% of the pregnant women, 52% of non-pregnant women, and 74% of children in the 6-35 months age group suffer from iron deficiency.  About 52% of children below 5 year are zinc deficient. Iron deficiency causes varying degrees of impairment in cognitive performance, and…

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Phase 1 Review Meeting Posters

1 DC 01 Dual-purpose sorghum: an option to increase total crop value for smallholder farmers in West and Central Africa. Baloua Nebie, Aboubacar Toure, Abdoulaye Gaoussou Diallo, Samba Traore and Ramadjita Tabo 2 DC 02 Strategy for seed systems management in smallholder farming in West Africa. Baloua Nebie, Aboubacar Toure, Abdoulaye Gaoussou Diallo, Krista B. Isaac, Abocar Toure, Mamourou Sidibe, Bocar Diallo and Ramadjita Tabo 3 DC 03 Adoption of improved varieties of millet and sorghum in WCA:…

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Innovation in Dryland Agri

Upcoming publication: Innovations in Dryland Agriculture

Editors: Farooq, Muhammad, Siddique, Kadambot (Eds.)  Written by experts in the fieldPresents innovations in dryland agriculture researchFocuses on sustainable and profitable food production systems in drylands In this book leading scientists in the field describe the basic principles of dryland agriculture, and synthesize recent experiences and innovations in dryland agriculture research and development. It is a ready reference on the subject and reinforces the understanding for its utilization to develop environmentally sustainable and profitable food production systems. Various elements of…

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Pearl Millet

High-iron pearl millet varieties identified for fast track improvement in Africa

Pearl millet varieties GB 8735 and ICTP 8203 have been selected for fast track improvement and release in Niger, Ghana and Senegal. The selected varieties along with local controls are being tested on-farm at more than 30 locations across five countries. This is part of an initiative for biofortification of pearl millet and sorghum. Other key achievements of the initiative include: Creating a database on commercialized open pollinated varieties of pearl millet for Fe (iron) and Zn (zinc) density over…

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Ms Haerns and Dr Chaponda at the launch of MSIDP II project.

Boost for Malawi farmers from improved seed systems and root and tuber crops technologies

About 320,000 smallholder farmers in Malawi will benefit from two projects that aim to further strengthen the country’s legumes and cereal seed systems as well as increase contributions of root and tuber crops to food security, nutrition and incomes. Two Irish Aid funded projects, Malawi Seed Industry Development Project-Phase II (MSIDPII) and Root and Tuber Crops for Agricultural Transformation in Malawi (RTC-ACTION Malawi) were launched on 26 September. ICRISAT leads the MSIDPII while RTC-ACTION Malawi is led by the International…

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Guiding crop improvement (genetics-agronomy) in diverse environments: a sorghum case study

Click to download Postrainy sorghum productivity is limited by drought but this limitation varies with time and geographical scale and so the breeding target moves. We developed a cross-disciplinary approach to maximize crop productivity returns within the boundaries of these environmental constraints. This approach is based on a thorough understanding of the socio-economic context and farmer demand, and of the biological and environmental constraints to crop production, in the target environment. It is backed up by genetic efforts to harness…

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Gender research integration into Drylands Cereals Research 2014 – 2016

Gender research integration into Drylands Cereals Research 2014 – 2016 Dina Najjar1; Padmaja Ravula2; Esther Njuguna3 ; Jummai Yila4 1 ICARDA; 2ICRISAT-, India; 3ICRISAT ESA; 4ICRISAT WCA The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals mainstreamed gender research through enhancing capacities for gender research by hiring a scientist, a scientific officer and allocating sufficient resources to support gender research in line with the approved Gender Strategy.  Dryland Cereals was represented in the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Network and focused on…

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The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (Dryland Cereals) is a partnership between two members of the CGIAR Consortium – ICRISAT (lead center), and ICARDA, along with a number of public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers globally.
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