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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

European food scientists work together on Ethiopia potato project

European scientists are are working together to help Ethiopia develop sustainable seed potato systems. This project, “Developing sustainable seed potato production systems for improved livelihoods” was set up as part of the new policy on international food security of the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc). If successful, the research will be disseminated to help local subsistence farmers, firstly in Ethiopia, and then across sub-Saharan Africa through a “Potato Coalition”.
Teagasc is partnering on the project with Vita, the Irish NGO, Wageningen University and Research, the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, the International Potato Centre, Arba Minch University and the Irish Potato Federation. The director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle is in Ethiopia to visit a pilot project. “This project is being implemented with Vita in the Chencha region of Ethiopia,” she said. “The project will empower and strengthen the local knowledge base by funding and training three Ethiopian PhD students.”

Source: Irish Examiner