Improving nutritional quality of cassava roots to improve the livelihoods of a million farmers in marginal agricultural land

Published on 20 May 2011

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Start Date: 1 January 2009 | End Date: 31 December 2011

Overview

This project focuses mainly in developing high-carotene cultivars which will ultimately contribute to alleviating the chronic deficiency of vitamin A in many regions of the world. Because of the relevance of vitamin A deficiency in Africa, the efforts target that region of the world. The project has allowed for a very productive interaction and collaboration with our sister institution International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Nigeria. CIAT is taking advantage of the large genetic variability available to its breeding cassava project to generate high-carotene germplasm. The project has also allowed close and productive interaction with EMBRAPA-CNPMF in Brazil.

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