Crop improvement, Seed systems
Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Sorghum, Grain legumes, Chickpea, Groundnut, Pigeonpea, Finger millet
Eastern and Southern Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, West and Central Africa, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana
Africa is facing a food crisis due to COVID-19. These seeds could help prevent it
Food crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, Qlaity Seeds, Sub-Saharan Africa, AVISA, Floods, Drought, Pests and diseases,Food supply,Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Nutrient-dense cereals and legumes
Dr Christopher Ochieng Ojiewo
ICRISAT Happenings 1861-1, 03 July 2020
Seed demand is expected to outstrip supply by nearly twice in the coming seasons, based on expert opinions from seven African countries compiled by the AVISA research project. Such quality seed has been selected, bred and treated for drought and disease resistance, high yields, and a short growing period from sowing to harvest. It can double the yield of legumes and cereals, all other things being equal. Sub-Saharan Africa is facing one of its biggest farming crises in living memory. COVID-19 is dealing a blow to farmers already struggling with floods, drought, pests and diseases. Emergency relief must provide high-quality seed for future harvests and not just food to be consumed now. Supplying certified seed for nutritious crops that are treasured in traditional African diets is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of achieving future food security says ICRISAT.