Citizen science and an app for managing banana Xanthomonas wilt

Researchers from IITA in Rwanda are working on a new app to help farmers manage banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW). The idea is to use “citizen science” to upload data from farmers’ cell phones. However, an initial study has found that while most farmers do have access to cell phones, they need more training to be able to get the most … Read More

DNA fingerprinting and varietal adoption: getting the full picture

DNA fingerprinting allows researchers to identify a crop variety genetically. While survey teams can ask farmers what crop varieties they are growing, an evaluation method that combines survey data with DNA fingerprinting can identify crop varieties more accurately, which is important in adoption and impact studies. To assess the impact of adopting improved crop varieties, researchers usually ask farmers what … Read More