This project is contributing to the transformation of African agriculture by enabling small-scale farmers to better participate in local and regional markets, by increasing the availability and adoption of high performing plant varieties that meet market demands.
Agriculture in Africa is moving from subsistence systems to more market-led systems, as small-scale producers generate surpluses of products to sell in local, regional and/or international markets.
Enabling small-scale producers to access the expanding local and regional markets within Africa is one of the critical challenges facing policy makers.
Central to the transformation of agriculture in Africa is identifying market demand and developing products with suitable characteristics to meet market requirements.
- To enable plant breeders to develop more high performing varieties that meet customer requirements and market demand
- To build capacity within plant breeding programs on demand-led plant variety design
- To provide evidence to support the development of new policies investments in plant breeding that will generate more high performing varieties to meet emerging market demands, with emphasis on Africa.