Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Measuring and assessing the impacts of crop genetic improvement in Africa


Objective 3 of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- funded project ‘Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa’ was launched, on 14–15 June, in Cotonou. Objective 3 focuses on the assessment of the diffusion and adoption of improved pearl millet, rice and sorghum varieties and their impact on poverty, food security and selected factor productivity (land, labor and fertilizer) in Nigeria and Tanzania.

AfricaRice is responsible for rice in Nigeria, IRRI is responsible for rice in Tanzania, and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is responsible for pearl millet and sorghum in Nigeria. The Department of Economics of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London, UL-SOAS) focuses on analyses and syntheses across commodities and countries. 

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