USAID/SADC/IITA/CIP Southern Africa Root Crops Research Network (SARRNET)

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1993, as a follow-up of the East and Southern Africa Rootcrops Research Network (ESARRN), established 1984 and evolving into SARRNET and Eastern Africa Root Crops Research Network (EARRNET); a joint initiative of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); International Potato Center (CIP); Southern African Development Community (SADC) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


Engage in applied market-led research and development on cassava and sweet potato, including demand-led processing and utilization, commercialization and such aspects as training, information and technology exchange and institutional capacity building in order to improve food security and income generating process of rural households and emerging farmers.

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Organizes meetings, workshops and regional training courses. Applied market-led participatory research in the fields of development and/or introduction and evaluation of improved germplasm, managing pests and diseases through an ecologically sustainable plant protection approach, surveying production systems, development and dissemination of post harvest technologies and establishment of multiplication and distribution systems for improved planting materials, fostering private sector participation in commercialization of cassava and sweet potato.


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Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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GOAL 4: Quality Education



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