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How Happiness is breeding plants for Africa’s future

Plant breeders are improving food plants and building a more food-secure future for Africa. One has been working at it

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n Abia, Northern Uganda, farmer and grandmother Catherine Ekuka, 63, decants shea oil for cooking. Photo CWatson/ICRAF

Promoting early-maturing, oil-rich shea trees and holding off the charcoal threat

In Europe and the US, shea butter or oil is a famous skin cream. But shea is even more important

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Dr Achigan-Dako during a leaf sampling exercise for marker-assisted selection at the African Plant Breeding Academy training in Nairobi. Photo by C Watson/ICRAF

Indigenous African crops meet state of the art plant breeding

Few plant breeders in the world work on indigenous African crops. In fact, the lack of research on these nutritious

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Tasked to identify orphan crops for DRC by the national agricultural research body, Dr Dowiya takes a leaf sample from a bean plant in an exercise at the African Plant Breeding Academy at ICRAF

Forest people of DR Congo guide orphan crop research

Dr Benjamin Dowiya Nzawele, 42, arrived at the World Agroforestry Centre, also known as ICRAF, in Nairobi with an important

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