Tanzania launches its chapter of AfDB-funded project to boost cassava and rice production

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Key stakeholders in the cassava and rice subsector in Tanzania met in Zanzibar, 4-5 April, to officially launch and plan for the implementation of the “Multinational-CGIAR Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa (SARDSC)“ project funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) in the country. The project was officially launched by Dr Khalid S. Mohammed, Principal Secretary, Ministry of State, Second Vice President Office, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania, who assured the participants of his government’s support ...

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SARD-SC holds Project Steering Committee meeting in Ibadan

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The Project Steering Committee (PSC) of the Support for Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops (SARD-SC) held their first meeting in IITA-Ibadan, Nigeria. Acting Director General for IITA, Dr Kenton Dashiell welcomed members of the PSC on behalf of the Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga. During the meeting, members discussed annual work plans, procurement plan and the overall management and implementation of the project. They expressed great satisfaction at the progress made so far in project implementation considering the short period ...

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Twenty African countries to benefit from maize, cassava, wheat, and maize intervention

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Nigeria and 19 other African countries will directly benefit from the African Development Bank- funded initiative known as the Support for Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops (SARD-SC), but the multiplier effect of the project is expected to affect other regional member countries in the continent. Direct beneficiaries of the intervention include 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. “But the project will have ...

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Researchers begin activities to make cassava work for the poor

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Researchers and key partners working under the Support for Agricultural Research and Development for Strategic Crops (SARD-SC) have kicked off activities to improve the productivity of cassava by at least 20 percent in project sites, increase household incomes and food security, and make the root crop work for the poor. Four countries— DR Congo, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia— are the main beneficiaries of the cassava component but the project allows neighboring countries to tap from technologies that would be generated. “About ...

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