Crop Biotech Update

U of S, Kenyan and Ethiopian Partnership to Combat Hunger

June 22, 2012

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) launched two projects by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) to deliver safe and more nutritious food in Ethiopia and Kenya. With the Ethiopian partner Hawassa University, a $1.6 million project will tackle malnutrition by developing and introducing legume crops to provide farmers high protein crops that are rich in iron and zinc, at the same time enriching soils through the crops' nitrogen-fixing capabilities.

U of S and the Kenyan Agricultural Institute on the other hand, partnered in a $3.7 million project to develop an affordable, safe, easily produced and easily stored vaccine to eradicate contagious bovine pleuropneumonia of cattle. This cow disease has an estimated economic impact of $2 billion per year.

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