CERAAS earned Regional Center of Excellence recognition for its research on adapting dry cereals to drought conditions and its plans to expand into the rest of West and Central Africa.
Responding to Ebola, this initiative distributed thousands of tons of seeds to the countries most affected by the crisis.
SRI can reduce water requirements, increase land productivity, and buffer against the impacts of climate change while reducing reliance on artificial inputs, like pesticides and artificial fertilizer.
Up to 80 percent of the agricultural GDP in developing countries comes from livestock. Farmers often raise indigenous breeds, managing herds both to maintain diversity and to support community livelihoods.
Research organizations are working with local farmers and bakers to incorporate cassava flour into bread, with significant positive impacts for whole regions.
In West Africa where the percentage of women in poverty is growing, new technologies and crop varieties developed by the region’s leading researchers bring new opportunities for women and youths in terms of food and livelihood security.
A meeting with officials of the West and Central Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) is central to Nierenberg’s visit.