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Collaborative Project to Raise Crop Productivity in Africa
Tuesday, 2013/07/23 | 08:23:36

More than 60 researchers and partners have met under the Support for Agricultural Research and Development of Strategic Crops (SARD-SC)'s event "Partners, Possibilities and Prospects" on July 15 at the 6th African Agricultural Science Week in Accra, Ghana. The SARD-SC project aims to raise the productivity of maize, cassava, wheat, and rice by 20 percent in selected countries in Africa.

 

About a million farmers will directly benefit from the project through its innovations basket, while another million and half will be reached by project spin-off effects. Funded by the African Development Bank with US$ 63.24 million, SARD-SC also aims to create knowledge on the tested innovations with farmers in Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

 

View IITA's news release at http://www.iita.org/2013-press-releases/-/asset_publisher/CxA7/content/farmers-in-twenty-african-countries-get-new-window-of-opportunity-to-significantly-increase-yield?redirect=/2013-press-releases/#.UeSnidKOq8A.

 

Farmers in twenty African countries get new window of opportunity to significantly increase yield

15 July 2013

Efforts to transform agriculture in Africa have received a boost as more than 60 researchers and partners met under the Support for Agricultural Research and Development of Strategic Crops (SARD-SC)’s event “Partners, Possibilities and Prospects” on 15 July 2013 at the 6th African Agricultural Science Week in Accra. The SARD-SC project will raise the productivity of maize, cassava, wheat, and rice by 20% in twenty selected countries in Africa.

 

The plan is to reduce food importation from other continents and offer farmers better access to markets, improve livelihoods, and tackle poverty through enhanced capacities of beneficiaries to sustainable development in the region.

 

About a million farmers will directly benefit from the project through its innovations basket, while another million and half will be reached by project spin off effects. “Narrowing the yield gap is key for African farmers, and it will help them to compete globally and to feed themselves,” says Project Coordinator of SARD-SC Chrysantus Akem from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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