Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa(SARD-SC), is a multi- national CGIAR- led project, which has the overall objective of enhancing food and nutrition security and contributing to reducing poverty in selected Regional Membership Countries(RMCs) in Africa. The target RMCs are: Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The project is funded by the African Development Bank and focuses on raising the productivity and profitability of four commodities; cassava, maize, rice and wheat. These are four of the six commodities that African Heads of States have defined as strategic crops for Africa, through the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).

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