Aggravated food insecurity in COVID-19 era: quality seed flow of adapted and nutrient-dense varieties is central to the recovery equation in the drylands

  • Essegbemon Akpo International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
  • Chris O. Ojiewo nternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
  • Mequanint B. Melesse International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
  • Ganga Rao1 International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
  • James Mwololo International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
  • Eric Manyasa International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
  • Henry Ojulong International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
  • Rebbie Harawa International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
  • Rajeev K. Varshney International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
Keywords: COVID-19; Vulnerable communities; Sustainable recovery approaches; Dryland agriculture; food and nutrition security

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every area of our daily activities and businesses. After the health crisis, the food crisis is the next battle to encounter, which will need to mobilize all energies to maintain social security and protect the citizens of the world. For sustained support and recovery of rural and urban populations, especially in the dryland areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, seed of the well-adapted, nutrient dense varieties should flow. The solution of quality seed flow equation is complex and involves several intervention areas, e.g., adapted and modern groundnut, chickpea, pigeonpea, sorghum and finger millet varieties, sustainable and long term approaches leveraging various seed production and delivery models, remote information and knowledge dissemination systems, digital seed production and delivery roadmaps, digitized variety release and promotion processes, smart food campaigns and trainings to promote good utilization of nutrient dense crops.

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Author Biography

Essegbemon Akpo, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India

 

Essegbemon Akpo*1,2

1International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru 502 324, Telangana, India
2Ecole de Gestion et de Production Végétale et Semencière, Université Nationale d’Agriculture, BP 43 Kétou, Benin
* Corresponding author

Published
2020-06-23
How to Cite
Akpo, E., Chris O. Ojiewo, Mequanint B. Melesse, Ganga Rao1, James Mwololo, Eric Manyasa, Henry Ojulong, Rebbie Harawa, & Rajeev K. Varshney. (2020). Aggravated food insecurity in COVID-19 era: quality seed flow of adapted and nutrient-dense varieties is central to the recovery equation in the drylands. Technium: Romanian Journal of Applied Sciences and Technology, 2(5), 62-65. Retrieved from https://techniumscience.com/index.php/technium/article/view/1074