Photo report on small-scale maize shelling machines in northern Ghana
Ghana / IITA / Intensification / Maize / MAIZECRP / Postharvest / West Africa

Photo report on small-scale maize shelling machines in northern Ghana

The Africa RISING West Africa Project is currently implementing research in development (R-in-D) activities with farmers in northern Ghana to rein in the problem of post-harvest food losses. From 11–18 December 2018, the project team organized a series of farmer field days in 3 the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions to demonstrate the efficacy and capacity of maize shelling machines. Continue reading

Improved technologies for mitigating post-harvest food loss
East Africa / IITA / Intensification / Maize / MAIZECRP / poster / Postharvest / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Improved technologies for mitigating post-harvest food loss

This poster outlines some post-harvest loss reduction technologies validated within the Africa RISING program namely; improved grain drying, threshing, and storage as a package, and gives evidence of the potential impact if the technologies are applied at scale. Continue reading

Returns to improved storage and potential impacts on household food security and income: evidence from Tanzania
Countries / East Africa / IITA / Intensification / Maize / Postharvest / Tanzania

Returns to improved storage and potential impacts on household food security and income: evidence from Tanzania

This poster presents the findings of a study that assessed the profitability of selected improved grain storage technologies and the potential impact of their adoption on food security and income of smallholder maize producers in Tanzania. Continue reading

CIMMYT / Conservation agriculture / Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / ILRI / Intensification / Postharvest / Scaling

Changing Lives through Service Provision- the Story of Beyene’s Abebe

Beyene Abebe is a 24-year-old small mechanization service provider in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Among the different service providers working in the small mechanization project, Beyene is the most successful full-time service provider who offers conventional ploughing and transportation services for smallholder farmers in his village using a small horse power two-wheel tractor. Continue reading

East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Impact Assessment / Intensification / poster / Postharvest / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Economic evaluation of an improved grain storage technology in Tanzania

Insights from an economic evaluation of Africa RISING post-harvest technology (Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags) in Tanzania reveal how much farmers are benefitting by adopting the improved storage bags over the conventional storage options. Continue reading

Aflatoxins / Crops / East Africa / Food safety / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Interview / Nutrition / Postharvest / Research / Tanzania / Value Chains

Securing the Future: The Story of Chacha Nyangi and how Africa RISING is mentoring the next generation of scientists

Growing up in the remote village of Itiryo near the Kenya-Tanzania border, Chacha Nyangi could not have imagined his present life as a young Tanzanian scientist who is confronting the challenges facing smallholder farmers in the country and beyond. Continue reading

CIP / Crops / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / ILRI / Intensification / Oromia / Photofilm / Postharvest / SNNPR / Trip Report

Field visits to Africa RISING Ethiopia research sites in Sinana and Lemo woredas

In July 2014, research teams visited Lemo and Sinana project woredas (districts) in the Ethiopian Highlands. The visits aimed to update local partners on planting activities in the main rain season as well as on pre- and post-harvest crop management issues. Continue reading

Aflatoxins / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Food safety / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Postharvest / Research / Tanzania

High levels of mycotoxins detected in Babati pose health risk to human and livestock health in Tanzania

Communities in Tanzania and the region could unknowingly be exposing themselves to potential health problems as a result of consuming foods that are contaminated with high levels of mycotoxins – poisonous chemicals that are produced by certain types of fungi and which are harmful to both humans and livestock. Continue reading

AfricaRice / Crop-Livestock / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / Mali / NRM / Nutrition / Pests / Postharvest / Research / Rice / Seeds / Soils / Water / West Africa

Africa RISING consultations in Ghana: Getting the plans right and partners engaged

From 23-25 January 2013, the West Africa project component of the Africa RISING program hosted a number of consultations in Accra, Ghana – a stakeholder meeting on 23 January then a West Africa steering committee meeting on 24 January. Alongside these, the first Program Coordination Committee meeting was held on 25 January. The purpose of … Continue reading

Africa / CIMMYT / East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Postharvest / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Improved postharvest technologies for food storage, processing and household nutrition in Tanzania

In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Tanzania led by the nternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvemnet Center (CIMMYT). The projects aim at identifying best practices and innovative arrangements for increasing agricultural productivity in ways that improve income and nutrition of farm households. The specific objectives are … Continue reading