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Army Worms: A threat to Food Security in Rwanda

Written by Donata Kizza and Aime E. Ndayisenga  In early 2017, army worms were reported to have invaded Rwanda destroying maize, sweetpotato, among other crops. This was the first time the country had experienced an army worm attack which caused damages on a large sweetpotato seed multiplication site at the Rwanda Agriculture Board in Karama. According …

HarvestPlus one of 4 finalists in tough MacArthur Foundation 100%Change Competition.

  Dear  friends,   We learned the exciting news today that HarvestPlus has been awarded $15 million as a finalist in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition.  We are deeply grateful for this generous award and we are humbled to receive such recognition of the remarkable achievements of our staff and …

Improving the plants that Africans eat and breeders neglect

Improving the plants that Africans eat and breeders neglect CASSAVA and sweet potatoes. Lablab beans and water berries. Bitter gourds and sickle sennas. Elephant ears and African locusts. Some will be familiar to readers in rich countries. Others, probably not. Elephant ears, for example, are leafy vegetables. African locusts are tree-borne legumes.

Orange-fleshed sweetpotato experience highlighted at 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security in Cape Town, South Africa

  Written by Dr. Jan Low One of the Global Challenges being addressed at the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, held 3rd -6th December, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa, was how sustainable agriculture could serve the foundation of food security and exploit its potential to secure livelihoods. Another major focus was on …


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