This theme focuses on generating and promoting technologies to boost productivity of strategically important crops in eastern Africa under the threat posed by climatic change. Such crops are important to small-scale farming and rural livelihood strategies. The theme aims at unlocking genetic potential of the crops for climatic change adaptability.
The thematic area seeks to produce crop varieties that are high yielding and resilient to biotic and environmental stresses and address nutritional quality. The theme focuses on strategically important crops of the region, adding value to ongoing initiatives by tackling both input and output traits (processing and other quality attributes). The innovations will contribute to boosting food and nutrition security, lower food prices, offer more opportunities for income growth through crop diversification, and reduce crop intensification pressure in fragile agro-ecologies.
Cassava, potato and sweet potato consortium project
Bean technology consortium project
Sorghum and finger millet lines exhibiting drought tolerance and disease resistance characteristics validated by the national regulatory bodies and certified as new varieties.
Cassava, sweet potatoes and potatoes lines that are drought and disease tolerant and adapted to various agro-ecological zones in the region developed.
Market and industrial preferred canning beans and bio-fortified bean lines exhibiting drought tolerance and disease resistance characteristics validated by the national regulatory bodies and certified as new varieties.
A seed delivery system that involves the private sector and community based organizations (CBOs) designed and pilot-tested in at least two countries to deliver and improve access to these superior/clean varieties for the six commodities to smallholder famers in the region.