• Tanzanian Children
    Wednesday, 4 June 2014

    ACIAR Graduate Research Officer Emma Zalcman recently traveled to Africa for meetings with village elders and researchers involved in an ACIAR project to improve childhood nutrition though poultry. Read more about her trip.

  • Tuesday, 3 June 2014

    Female-headed households (FHHs) are more vulnerable to food insecurity than male-headed households (MHHs) in rural Kenya, a new study shows.

    “If female-headed households intercrop maize and legumes, food security could increase because it improves soil fertility and withstands market risks as one can benefit from one crop if the other fails.”

    Menale Kassie, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

  • Friday, 9 May 2014

    CIMMYT, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre has released its latest newsletter which features an article on our Adoption Pathways project. Read this article on page 4 of the newsletter below.


  • Wednesday, 7 May 2014

    Read a recent article published on the AVRDC website about value chain training in our Peri-urban agriculture project.



  • Monday, 28 April 2014

    The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) would like to develop a database of experts in the region to serve internal and external purposes of the organisation.

  • Thursday, 24 April 2014

    Read a recent FAO Animal Production and Health publication by our poultry project leader Robyn Alders from the University of Sydney, Veterinary Science

  • Tuesday, 22 April 2014

    This was the impression created by the five farmers who attended the farmer-researcher Q&A organised by the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research EIAR when all the SIMLESA project-countries congregated at the Ethiopian Melkassa Agricultural Research Centre close to the town of Adama also known as Nazareth.

  • Louisa Cass (DFAT Kenya and South Sudan) has a good look at the Fitarelli Seeder from Brazil
    Friday, 11 April 2014

    The Farm Mechanisation & Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (FACASI) project marked its first year of activities in Kenya and Tanzania in March 2014. Twelve months ago the project was launched in Arusha Tanzania where quite some time was spent planning and discussing what activities should take place within the first year. The aim of this project, which is active in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, is to identify appropriate small-scale machines (e.g.

  • Banner for March newsletter
    Wednesday, 2 April 2014

    The AIFSRC has just released the March Newsletter.

  • Woman using irrigation system in Malawi. Photo Credit: Fiona wyborn, AIFSRC
    Monday, 24 March 2014

    The 22nd of March was the United Nation’s world water day and the AIFSRC marks the day with the rest of the world. We are still a long way to go in providing access to sufficient and safe water to the earth’s population – this is very apparent in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). The day focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.


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