New Alliance Seeks to Fast Track Crop Improvement in AfricaJune 28, 2017
An international alliance was formed to speed up crop improvement in sub-Saharan Africa, which was launched at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK on June 16, 2017.
The Alliance to Accelerate Crop Improvements in Africa (ACACIA) aims to support African scientists in their efforts to find ways to address food security concerns by maximizing the impact of the John Innes Centre's cutting-edge science and technology in Africa. The alliance was formed through the efforts of its founding members, including the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the John Innes Centre.
"Africa has a quarter of the world's arable land, but generates only 10 percent of global agricultural output," said ILRI director, Jimmy Smith. "The partnerships consolidated through ACACIA will strengthen access to tools for crop improvement for the ultimate benefit of smallholder farmers in Africa," he added.
For more details, visit the John Innes Center website.
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