(Agri-Pulse) Opinion: Insect-resistant cowpea two years on: Scaling a best-practice agricultural innovation to feed a growing African population

Two years ago, Nigeria commercialized SAMPEA 20-T, a breakthrough new variety of insect-resistant cowpea – a critical crop for nutrition and livelihoods throughout sub-Saharan Africa. This breakthrough not only illustrated how advances in crop innovation are reaching smallholder farmers – but also the significant work that remains in scaling uptake to reach more communities, more effectively.

Eaten by roughly 200 million Africans, predominantly in West Africa, cowpea is commonly referred to as “poor man’s meat” because of the high levels of protein that are found in cowpea’s seeds and leaves. Read more in the Agri-Pulse article!

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