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WCA Governing Board April 2021

ICRISAT Governing Board concludes its third virtual board meeting

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WCA Governing Board April 2021

  1. 1. Regional Research Program / WCA Presentation at the 98th Governing Board meeting Program Committee 20 April 2021
  2. 2. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 2 COVID-19 outbreak in West and Central Africa Total population 2020 Confirmed Total recovered Total deaths Active cases 549,453,730 598,319 533,204 8,528 56,587 West and Central Africa statistics as of April 9th, 2021 Source : https://www.africanews.com/2021/03/20/coronavirus-african-union-member- states-reporting-covid-19-cases-as-of-20-march-2021-9-am-eat/ Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting Program Committee April 20th, 2021
  3. 3. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 3 Approaches used to overcome Covid19 challenges (1) 1.1. Knowledge content and information sharing through digital channels Farmers were trained virtually using digital technology (short videos disseminated through WhatsApp, text messages and interactive voice recording). 1.2.Policy advocacy for food supply 2 guides disseminated online : • Farmers voice about the impact of Covid-19 on their livelihoods • How to influence positive outcomes on smallholder farmers in the face of covid19 pandemic Screenshot from the WhatsApp group on climate information in Niger Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting Program Committee April 20th, 2021
  4. 4. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 4 I. Approaches used to overcome Covid19 challenges (2) 1.3. Strengthened partnership with public extension services and local NGOs for implementation of activities on the ground during the lockdown and travel restrictions . In Nigeria. ICRISAT organized the distribution of seeds of improved varieties of sorghum to farmers through the State and Local Government agencies. 1.4. Virtual meetings • Virtual Review and planning meetings of EU funded APSAN-project and launching of ESPHYV project • Virtual Regional Program Planning meeting • Webinar on Strategic Planning of Research for WCA Program Committee April 20th, 2021 Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting
  5. 5. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 I. Approaches used to overcome Covid challenges (3) 1.5. Crisis Management Team (renamed as Covid-19 Taskforce (CTF) Held every two weeks aiming at : • assessing the status of the Covid-19 pandemic in WCA, • reviewing local mitigation measures and the progress in research operations • Ensuring business continuity 5 Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting Program Committee April 20th, 2021
  6. 6. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 6 I. Program Achievements-Crop Improvement (1) Establishing Regional Crop Improvement Hub (RCIH) and equipping the hub Significant milestones were achieved in establishing and operationalizing RCIH in Bamako in terms of facilities, procurement of equipment and personnel recruitment. Groundnut • Regional variety trials were conducted in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Niger. • 451 advanced lines were shared with NARS programs through preliminary and regional trials (448 lines) and direct request (3 lines) • QC marker panel (49 SNP markers) has been developed for use in the F1 hybridity test • Trait linked markers (e.g. oleate and rust) are validated and are available for use. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting Program Committee April 20th, 2021
  7. 7. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 7 Program Achievements-Crop Improvement (2) Sorghum • 6 hybrids were submitted by IER to Malian national release committee for their registration into the seed catalogue. • Regional trials with 24 hybrids and 3 checks implemented in over 20 locations with NARS and seed companies in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and Togo. Pearl Millet • In Burkina Faso, the first commercial stay green, dual purpose, medium maturing pearl millet hybrid showed 35 to 40 % higher yield compared to local and improved OPV Misari-1. 2 other pearl millet varieties were released. • The Africa’s first Fe biofortified variety CHAKTI has made huge impact in Niger. Iron-biofortified pearl millet in Niger Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting Program Committee April 20th, 2021
  8. 8. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 8 Extension & Advisory Services for Agriculture Risk Management (Warrantage) • 17 Innovation Platforms (3827 men and 1408 women) collected cereals in their different stores having a value of $260,954. • With this value in store, they were able to negotiate a loan with a locally established micro finance Institution of US $ 123,605. Smartfood Campaign: • The second annual International Millet Festival (FESTIMIL) was organized in Niger focusing on production, processing and consumption of millets, so as to create wellbeing and better dietary diversity. • Second Smart Food Pastry Contest in Niger. • Contributed to Mali’s national plan for nutrition. Program Achievements-Impact and Policy (1) Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting Program Committee April 20th, 2021
  9. 9. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 9 The contour bunding (CB) technology: • Crop yields increased by more than 30 %, and household revenues by 20%. • The technology has an environmental benefit to recharge shallow ground water aquifer and increasing soil moisture availability. Capacity building in Entrepreneurship: • Niger: 150 rural youth joined an entrepreneur incubation program • Practical training in integrated pest management (e.g., insect rearing), market gardening, fruit tree nurseries and smart compost production. Crop-livestock integration: • 370 agro-pastors (Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria , Senegal and Sudan) trained • Training on stalk treatment with urea to improve protein content and on chopping of stalk with motorized chopper Program Achievements- Integrated Crop Management Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting
  10. 10. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 10 Gender mainstreaming • In Ghana, 30 young people with hearing impairment were trained • Training on groundnut seed production, quality control of seeds, seed business development, concept of the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA), group dynamics and processing of groundnut into confectionaries of high nutritional and market value. Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) • Tailored and downscaled weather and climate information services (WCIS) were disseminated to farmers to inform their farming decision-making. • 3 CSA country profiles were developed for Ghana, Mali, and Niger. The CSA country profiles synthesize the opportunities for addressing climate change challenges and economic growth prospects in the agriculture sector from the perspective of climate-smart agriculture Program Achievements-Impact and Policy (2) Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting Program Committee April 20th, 2021
  11. 11. Presentation at the 95th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee Sept 30, 2020 Thank You Merci 11 Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting Program Committee April 20th, 2021

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