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New collaboration supporting underutilized species research in Africa

Published: 2014-01-08

IFS begins collaborative project to strengthen capacities and inform policies for developing value chains of neglected and underutilized crops in Africa

The International Foundation for Science together with the Africa Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), the Laboratory of Agricultural Biodiversity and Tropical Plant Breeding (LAAPT), the University of Nairobi, and the Africa University will collaborate with Bioversity International in a 36 month European Union Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States research project beginning this month.

The main aims of US$1.168 million project are to strengthen national and regional capacities for research, development and education on neglected and underutilized species (NUS) value chains, and to inform policy actors about the potential role for NUS in strategies relating to agriculture, nutrition and adaptation to climate change.

This topic and approach relates closely to the current IFS strategy. IFS has played a role in research into neglected and underutilized species for a number of years. In addition to this EU ACP funded project, IFS will this year be supporting collaborative research teams investigating NUS in Africa. The policy influence agendas encompassed by this project fall within the IFS ‘Contributing Innovation’ Approach.

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