(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Tuesday in Abuja, for the second phase of BASICS-II project to improve seeds of cassava varieties.
The Building of Economically Sustainable and Integrated Cassava Seed System (BASICS-II) was awarded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to IITA in May to transform the cassava seed sector.
The BASIC-II project consists of six components mainly, ensuring integration of breeding and seed system activities, development of early generation seed enterprises and development of commercial seed entrepreneurs.
Others are, development of the processor-associated seed system model, quality control and disease management and catalyzing scaling and replication through partners.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: The initiative will create a new role for cassava seed producers and root farmers in Nigeria, provide another opportunity to develop a commercially sustainable model for cassava seed system in the country, reduce poverty and improve the standards of living within the farming communities.