Using airtight bags to prevent post-harvest crop loss

The summer season is upon us and brings along heat, humidity and insects - not a good combination for stored grain. The Purdue Improved Storage (PICS) bag, is an airtight storage bag that provides a solution for smallholder farmers to extend the storage time for their seeds and crops. The…

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Maruca resistant cowpea possibly available for free by 2018

Smallholder farmers in West Africa may get free access to newly developed Bt cowpea seed that are resistant to the Maruca pod borer pest in the coming year. The cowpea is one of Africa‚Äôs indigenous crops, and is a good source of plant based protein for human consumption, as well…

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Plant cowpeas to stem hunger in drought periods – Food security think-tank

A food security think-tank has urged Zambian smallholder farmers to plant drought-resistant cowpeas to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. In its latest report, Africa Rising says its pilot project in Eastern Province proved rural populations can use cowpeas as both food and as a cash crop in more…

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