Stories tagged: research

How Europe-Africa Research Collaboration Can Uncover Climate Solutions for Farmers

Dorine Odongo, Communications Manager, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), explores how collaboration can lead to a more resilient and equitable future.

Scientific innovation plays a key role in equipping Africa’s smallholder farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change. But before African researchers can develop the solutions and innovations that farmers need, they must first be scientists of uncompromising quality.

Supporting African agricultural scientists, particularly women, to develop their research skills is essential, not only for African food security but also for global food security. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to a quarter of the world’s arable land but to date, produces just 10 per cent of its agricultural output, leaving an enormous source of potential untapped. Continue reading

Video: Beyond Borlaug – New Priorities for Agriculture

When Dr. Norman Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize for his spearheading of the Green Revolution, he decided there should be an annual prize that rewards outstanding contributions to the fight against food insecurity. The World Food Prize was first given in 1987, and the very first winner was Dr. Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, for his work introducing high-yielding wheat and rice varieties to India’s farmers.

Farming First met Dr. Swaminathan at the Borlaug Dialogue in Iowa and asked him how research priorities have changed in the 29 years since he won the Prize. Continue reading