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Impacts of COVID-19 on aquatic food supply chains in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Myanmar, Nigeria and Timor-Leste, February-April 2020
To assess the evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we conducted a multi-country survey of fish supply chain actors in Bangladesh, India (Andhra-Pradesh, Assam and Odisha), Myanmar, Nigeria, Egypt and Timor-Leste (TL), to evaluate the availability and price of aquatic foods and production inputs. The sample included hatcheries (n=78)...
Advanced Multi-Location Yield Trial of Early Maturing Soybean Genotypes for Release in Moisture Stress Soybean Growing Agro-ecologies of Nigeria
Mositure stress is one of the major production constraints of in the northern guinea Savannah zone of Nigeria, which is reported causing up to 89.55% yield reduction (Ishaq et al., 2009). Terminal moisture stress, which commonly occurs close to the maturity period of the crop, is among the common types of mositure stresses occuring in thi...
Scaling up and out Groundnut and Sorghum Varieties through Small and Medium Seed Businesses in Africa
This activity envisions to de-risk private sector efforts to sustainably invest in selected legume and cereal seed production and supply to farmersfor enhanced productivity and production. In the end, technical knowledge of new crop technologies and managerial skills will be imparted to seed companies; and the infrastructure capacity of s...
What’s the story on agriculture? Using narratives to understand farming households’ aspirations in Meru, Kenya
In the limited research on farming aspirations, little attention has been paid to the narratives which frame and shape them, and the ways in which the aspirations of those who farm intersect with the goals of extension services. Drawing on multimethod research conducted in Meru county, Kenya, we demonstrate how aspirations are not only si...
Landscapes of opportunity: patterns of young people’s engagement with the rural economy in sub-Saharan Africa
While much has been said in recent years about the importance of engaging rural youth in subSaharan Africa’s development, the factual data about how African youth currently engage in rural economies remain sparse. We use recent nationally representative household survey data from six countries to describe the patterns of such engagement...
SKiM - Morocco 2019 Regional Workshop Video
This event took place on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of November 2019 in Rabat, Morocco to draw together key stakeholders and institutions participating in the cross-regional project, “Strengthening Knowledge Management for Greater Development Effectiveness in the Near East, North Africa, Central Asia and Europe,” sponsored by IFAD. The ...
Field synchronization of Ethiopian Highland sheep for fixed time artificial insemination: improvement of conception rate with a double injection of prostaglandin at 11 days
The study investigated, for fixed time artificially inseminated (AI) Menz ewes in field trials, the reproductive performance of prostaglandin-based treatments simultaneously to the standard ‘P4+eCG’ protocol. A total of 483 Menz ewes were assigned to either the ‘P4+eCG’ protocol, using progesterone impregnated intravaginal sponges...
Evaluation of increased feed supply and different fattening strategies for an Ethiopian sheep population by system dynamics modelling
Context: The productivity of Ethiopian smallholder farms is considered to be low owing to different factors such as feed shortage, lack of breeding strategies, disease prevalence and missing marketing strategies. Aim: The main objective of the study was to develop a dynamic, stochastic herd model by adopting system dynamic modelling meth...
Annual Report 2019
In 2019, WorldFish made a critical shift towards food systems research and innovative aquatic food solutions for healthier and sustainable diets. WorldFish is dedicated to building a more holistic agricultural research agenda that pays greater attention to linkages between land and water food production systems. Aquatic foods must occupy ...
Genetic Diversity of Orobanche crenata Populations in Ethiopia Using Microsatellite Markers
Orobanche crenata is a parasitic weed that causes considerable yield losses on food legumes in Ethiopia and the Mediterranean region. Understanding the genetic diversity of Orobanche crenata using molecular techniques generate useful information in managing the weed through resistance breeding. This study aimed at assessing the genetic di...
Estimation of genetic parameters for growth traits and Kleiber ratios in Boer x Central Highland goat
Accurate performance evaluation and genetic parameters estimation are the prerequisites for any successful genetic improvement program. This study was conducted to estimate genetic parameters for growth and Kleiber ratio traits in Boer x Central Highland goats. On-station data collected from 2009 to 2018 were utilized for the study. A gen...
Seed Info No. 59
Seed Info aims to stimulate information exchange and regular communication between seed staff in the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region and beyond. Its purpose is to help strengthen national seed programs and thus improve the supply of high-quality seed to farmers.
2020 SKiM Learning Week Report
The trainings combined lectures – on networking and cooperation among innovation actors; mapping and analysis of innovation chains; methods and tools to effectively communicate research and entrepreneurial ideas; implementing best practices; results and findings of the writeshops on knowledge management systems – with practical applic...
CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH CRP) quarterly newsletter: January to June 2020
Introducing this newsletter to strengthen the exchange and sharing of information on the status of the FISH CRP and bilateral projects in the context of results-based management (RBM) approaches. This newsletter also seeks to help with the aims of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Community of Practice (MEL CoP) in co-creating a com...