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Tuesday, 09 February 2010

Yam research in Africa receives support from European Union

Research on yam improvement in six African countries has received a boost with a donation of US$1 million from the European Union—African,Caribbean and Pacific Science and Technology Programme (EU-ACP),according to a statement from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA),based in Ibadan,capital of Oyo State,in southwestern Nigeria.The support comes amid global reawakening to the importance of yam as a food security crop in Africa.The research project, tagged “Strengthening Capacity for Yam Research-for-development in Central and Western Africa (SCYReC)”,aims to improve the capacity for yam research-for-development in the region.According to IITA, the project will help in finding sustainable solutions,through science and technology,to the challenges facing the crop and exploit its tremendous potential for food security and poverty alleviation.The institute will manage and implement the project in collaboration with a team of national partners in 13 research institutions in the six countries, including the National Root Crops Research Institute,Umudike, in southeastern Nigeria.

Source: Afriqueavenir