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.
Fifty-eight NEXTGEN scientists representing NEXTGEN partners from Africa, North America, and South America will attend the first World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops (WCRTC) in Nanning, China January 18-22. A 5-day conference drawing more than 500 scientists from across the globe, WCRTC represents the merger of the 3rd Scientific Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) & the 17th Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC). During the conference, dedicated to adding value to root and tuber crops, more than twenty NEXTGEN scientists will give presentations on their current research on topics ranging from diseases threatening cassava to breeding to biodiversity. Additionally, 17 NEXTGEN Masters and PhD students will present posters on their research at Cornell University and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
NEXTGEN is a proud sponsor of the World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops and is honored to support four outstanding female cassava researchers with NEXTGEN Cassava Early Career Female Scientist travel awards to attend the conference. These awards, presented to Teddy Amuge from Uganda; Sally Mallowa-Nyawanda from Kenya; Sarah Nanyiti from Uganda; and Nneka Okereke from Nigeria, will provide an opportunity for the awardees to meet with cassava experts from around the world and to present their research to a large and influential audience.
Ugandan and Nigerian scientists attend a training at CIAT in Cali, Colombia
In the framework of the RTB-ENDURE project and in collaboration with the NEXTGEN Cassava Project, Ugandan and Nigerian colleagues from the Ugandan National Agricultural Research Organization, IITA, and IIRR are now in Colombia to attend a training organized by CIAT for strengthening the capacities to assess the postharvest physiological deterioration of cassava and the feasibility of adopting technologies for extending the shelf-life of the roots in Uganda.