Improving groundnut seed production systems to improve livelihood and nutrition outcomes of smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe
Duration: 19/Oct/2016 - 31/May/2017
Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa / Zimbabwe
Project contact: Dr Kizito Mazvimavi (K.Mazvimavi@cgiar.org)
Donor: Other international or regional organization,Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)-Italy
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes
The starting point needs to strengthen with the technology supply side of the value chain. Adoption of improved groundnut varieties, and allied management technologies leads to productivity gains, thereby increasing supply of grain to the market. Diverse groundnut varieties are needed for different agro-ecological and market needs. In Malawi, ICRISAT has released 7 improved groundnut varieties that have addressed different needs of the actors in the value chain. In order for Zimbabwean farmers to tap into the growing regional and local markets for groundnut, there is need to use modern varieties and improve production technologies.