New AfDB grant to boost regional agriculture research, development initiative

The African Development Bank has approved a $63.2 million grant for a five-year agriculture research and development project. Photo by: CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture / CC BY-SA

The African Development Bank recently approved a $63.2 million grant for a five-year agriculture research and development project. The initiative aims to enhance the production of four of Africa’s top crops, and improve overall food and nutrition security in the region’s poorest countries.

The Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategy Crops in Africa project targets the production of maize, rice, cassava and wheat. These are four of the six crops identified by African leaders as the region’s strategic crops.

SARD-SC is expected to benefit farmers, farmer associations, private sector operations and related institutions in low-income AfDB member countries such as Benin, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

The project will be implemented by three Africa-based centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research alliance, namely the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the International Center for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas and the Africa Rice Center. IITA is the project’s executing agency.

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