Multi-CGIAR center initiative launched

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$63.24 million fund package for the implementation of a 5-year, multi-CGIAR center project dubbed “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC).

SARD-SC is a research, science, and technology development initiative aimed at enhancing the productivity and income derived from cassava, maize, rice, and wheat—four of the six commodities that African heads of states, through the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program, have defined
as strategic crops for Africa.

The project will be co-implemented by three Africa-based CGIAR centers: IITA, Africa Rice Center, and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas. IITA is also the executing agency of the project. Another CGIAR center, the International Food Policy Research Institute, provides
support to the other centers.

The SARD-SC allows—for the first time ever in a single project—a continental coverage of the food security challenges in Africa.

The project’s goal is to enhance food and nutrition security and contribute to poverty reduction in the Bank’s low-income regional member countries by working across the full value chain of each crop and addressing both food costs and employment creation. Through its value chain approach, SARD-SC will also contribute to crop-livestock integration. Its target beneficiaries are farmers and consumers, farmers’ groups including youth and women, policymakers, private sector operators, marketers/traders, transporters, small-scale agricultural machinery manufacturers, and institutions.

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  1. Please, we ready to start wheat growing. Any variaty which is close to growing in the Tropics can be tested on 400 ha of land in nothern Uganda.

    We want to process cassava on large scale for starch etc. we need a machine,

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