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Wednesday, 05 October 2016

Spanish advice to grow subtropical crops in Kenya and Ethiopia

Improving the production of subtropical crops in Kenya and Ethiopia, promoting the local consumption of mangoes and avocados and researching the pests present in the area that could someday become a threat to the Spanish plantations. These are the goals and to help achieve them, Iñaki Hormaza and Eduardo de la Peña, researchers of the Subtropical and Mediterranean Fruit Horticulture Institute (IHSM) La Mayora, visited this summer different areas of south-western Kenya and southern Ethiopia, where there is some production of mangoes and avocados. The aim is to establish links with small producers, NGOs and international research centres, in an attempt to develop research projects to improve the production of subtropical crops in eastern Africa. La Mayora wants to contribute to boosting the domestic consumption of these fruits, guaranteeing the countries' food security, and to reach agreements with local researchers to prevent local pests from reaching Europe. The visit of the two researchers has been funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through an aid program for the internationalisation of research. The fieldwork carried out by Hormaza and De la Peña during their stay in the area, which has lasted for two weeks, has allowed them to become familiar first-hand with the problems that small African producers have to face.

Source: freshplaza.com