The Next Generation Cassava Breeding project (NextGen Cassava) seeks to modernize partner cassava breeding institutions in Africa and use cutting-edge tools for efficient delivery of improved varieties of cassava. This international project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK aid from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.
Dr. Chiedozie Egesi, NextGen Cassava project manager
During the recent annual AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) meeting in Washington, D.C., The Economist interviewed Dr. Chiedozie Egesi, NextGen Cassava project manager. Chiedozie spoke about the potential of the NextGen Cassava project to improve the cassava crop and address challenges such as disease, low yield, and vitamin deficiency.
See the full story, “Cassava-nova,” in the online edition of The Economist.
Great work from our partners at the National Root Crops Research Institute! As an Assistant Director and head of the cassava breeding team at the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Chiedozie Egesi has led efforts at developing and releasing to farmers improved varieties of cassava including pro-vitamin A cassava. His research activities involve the use of cross-cutting biotechnology tools in the genetic improvement of cassava including transgenic technologies. Read full article.Continue reading →