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Food & Business Knowledge Platform (2015)

Improved varieties of spider plant for Africa (Benin and Kenya)

Spider Plant

Titre : Improved varieties of spider plant for Africa (Benin and Kenya)

Pays : Benin et Kenya

Durée : January 2015 – January 2018.

Objectifs
Contribute to improved food and nutritional security for local communities and increased livelihoods for farmers.

Descriptif
Raising awareness of the nutritional characteristics of the spider plant (Cleome gynandra) and promoting its cultivation and consumption in Benin and Kenya. Nutritious, high-yielding and adapted cultivars of spider plant will be made available for vegetable production systems in Benin and Kenya at the end of this project.

Screening of a worldwide collection of spider plant for nutritive value, drought resistance and leaf yield will be conducted and new varieties will be developed using genomics assisted breeding. Participatory varietal selection will be carried out with farmers and consumers in Benin and Kenya. Knowledge will be generated and disseminated through partnership with farmers’ associations, national agricultural research systems, supermarkets and restaurants.

Partenaires  : NGO Hortitechs Developpement Benin Biosystematics Group, Wageningen University The Netherlands Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi Benin KENRICK, Centre for Biodiversity, National Museums of Kenya Kenya African Orphan Crops Consortium USA World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) USA

Présentation : Food & Business Knowledge Platform

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