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VIRCA Plus - Cassava Seed Distribution (Kenya)


MEDA - Mennonite Economic Development Associates

Titre : VIRCA Plus - Cassava Seed Distribution (Kenya)

Région /Pays : Kenya

Date : 2020-2025

Cassava is an important root and tuber crop that is a critical driver of food security and poverty elimination. This is aligned with Kenya’s national development priorities. Despite the importance of the cassava sub-sector in contributing to Kenya’s economic transformation agenda, the sector is limited by a lack of quality seed, pests and diseases, inefficient markets, lack of an enabling environment, and a general underperformance of market players. These limitations undermine the immense potential of the sector to achieve exponential economic growth and transform the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers and contribute to food security amidst increasing consumer demand.

The goal of the VIRCA Plus project is to develop farmer-preferred cassava plants cultivars that are resistant to Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) for delivery to East and Southern African small-scale farmers. These improved seeds can then increase cassava root yields, food security, and economic livelihoods.

The greatest threat to improved cassava production and yields has been Cassava Brown Streak (CBSD) and Mosaic (CMD) diseases, which have been responsible for cutting production by more than 80% and further threatening the food security of millions of people in Kenya and across Africa. The Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa (VIRCA) Plus project aspires to meet this challenge by developing and delivering CBSD and CMD resistant seeds to farmers in Kenya and other African countries.

Partenaire (s) : The VIRCA Plus Cassava Seed Distribution project is implemented in partnership with the Donald Danforth Crop Science Center (USA) and funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Feed the Future initiative.


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