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4CAST: New digital tool to enhance farmers’ access to modern varieties 

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Resource ID

18897

Access

Open

Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

ICT / Knowledge management

Crops

Dryland cereals, Grain legumes

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa, Tanzania, West and Central Africa

CSR Activity

No

Global Date

09 Sep 21

Title

4CAST: New digital tool to enhance farmers’ access to modern varieties

Keywords

Digital tools, Smallholder farmers, Improved varieties, 4CAST, Improved Seed Technologies, Seed value chains, ASARECA, CORAF, WECARD

New ICRISAT Research Programs (2021)

Regional Director – ESA

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Innovation systems for the Drylands, Digital Agriculture & Youth

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1923-3, 09 September 2021

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/4cast-new-digital-tool-to-enhance-farmers-access-to-modern-varieties/

Description

To improve smallholder farmers’ access to new improved varieties, a digital variety catalog tool created by ICRISAT in partnership with public and private institutions was recently launched. Called 4CAST, the tool is a user-friendly data driven platform that gives information about new improved varieties, quality and availability of seeds nationally and regionally. 4CAST, which stands for Digital Tools 4 Cataloguing and Adopting Improved Seed Technologies, also provides stakeholders in seed value chains a digital workflow, decentralized access, real-time tracking of progress, private catalogues as well as seed roadmaps.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

09 Sep 21

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