Welcome to the 6th edition of the AIRCA newsletter
CABI: New report reveals cost of Fall Armyworm to farmers in Africa, provides recommendations for control
28 September 2017 - CABI has published an 'evidence note' report on the invasive Fall Armyworm pest, showing how the caterpillar could cause maize losses costing 12 African countries up to US$6.1 billion per annum, unless control methods are urgently put in place. Read More
CFF: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales launches CFF's 'Forgotten Foods Network'
Press Release: On 3 November 2017, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales launched the 'Forgotten Foods Network' - a global initiative spearheaded by Crops For the Future (CFF) - at the CFF Headquarters in Malaysia. Read More
ICBA: ICBA's research may be useful for Mars missions, says top Belgian astronaut
On 2 October 2017 a high-ranking Belgian delegation led by Her Excellency Dominique Mineur, the ambassador of Belgium to the UAE, visited ICBA in Dubai to learn about the center's research and development work and explore potential areas for collaboration. Read More
ICIMOD: WFP and ICIMOD renew agreement to improve food security monitoring in Nepal
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) recently launched a new online Food Security Information System to map and visualize patterns of food security, poverty and malnutrition in Nepal. Read More
icipe: icipe Push-Pull technology halts fall armyworm rampage
The fall armyworm is a destructive moth that causes devastating damage to almost 100 plant species, including sorghum, rice, wheat and sugarcane, as well as a variety of horticultural crops, thereby threatening food and nutritional security, trade, household incomes and overall economies. Read More
IFDC: Myanmar Holds National Soil Fertility Conference
Agricultural experts came together at the National Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Management Conference in Myanmar in October to discuss how to increase the nation’s agricultural productivity and keep its soils healthy. Read More
INBAR: Brazil Becomes the Latest member of INBAR
"The time is right for bamboo": Brazil's Senator Jorge Viana has pledged that Brazil will use bamboo and become part of a global industry worth USD 60 billion. Read More
WorldVeg: A first for Timor-Leste and WorldVeg
Bred by the World Vegetable Center, 'Lakateu-AV' and 'Kiukae-AV' are the first mungbean varieties released in Timor-Leste and also the first WorldVeg vegetable varieties in the country. Read More
AIRCA: Dietary Diversification Meeting - 8th September 2017
Global nutrition and agricultural experts agree that agricultural and dietary diversification is the way forward in the face of climate change. This was the strong message conveyed at a high-level meeting co-hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Crops For the Future (CFF). Read More
Other news from AIRCA members
» CABI: Removal of invasive shrub could be an easy way to help reduce malaria transmission
» CFF: Policy Brief 2: Forgotten Foods to Feed the Future
» CFF: Launch of the Forgotten Foods Network
» ICBA, AOAD partner to boost food security in Arab region
» ICIMOD Awarded Asia Geospatial Leadership Award
» icipe: Winners of BioInnovate Africa grants announced
» IFDC: USAID Constructs Seed Processing Facility in Tamale
» WorldVeg receives grants from Germany to improve vegetable production, farmer incomes, and nutrition in Africa
The Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) is a nine-member alliance focused on increasing food security by supporting smallholder agriculture and rural enterprise within healthy, sustainable and climate-smart landscapes.

Supported by more than 60 member countries comprising over 70% of the world's population, AIRCA members have activities in all major geographic regions and ecosystem types. All have a proven track record of research, development and implementation, working closely with farmers, extension systems, national research institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector across a wide range of crops and ecosystems.

Through sharing AIRCA's knowledge and experience in creating healthy landscapes, our mission is to put research into use by strengthening capacities for sustainable improvements to incomes, food and nutrition security in healthy landscapes.
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