Eastern Africa Root Crops Research Network (EARRNET)

Réseau de recherche sur les tubercules en Afrique orientale

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URL: http://www.asareca.org/earrnet/

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1984, informally, as East and Southern Africa Root Crops Research Network (ESARRN), when 15 countries in the region unanimously agreed on a regional approach to common problems with cassava and sweet potato, supplementing national programmes. In 1994, evolved into two regional networks: 'Eastern Africa Root Crops Research Network' and F-XF3253 - USAID/SADC/IITA/CIP Southern Africa Root Crops Research Network (SARRNET). Subsequently a network of D-XD5643 - Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), implemented by E-XE4109 - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).


Contribute to food security and socio-economic growth and development by promoting production, utilization and marketing sectors through development of suitable and acceptable technology for use by different stake-holders; provide a forum for rapid exchange of technology, including improved varieties of root vegetable, biological control of pests, agronomic practices and postharvest processing; foster collaborative approach to setting regional priorities for research and training; minimize duplication of effort and share complementary research responsibility among member NARS, providing technical and financial support to those with lead roles. Strategic vision: focus on transforming cassava into a broad-based, commercial commodity for sustainable food security, poverty alleviation, and income generation through integrated regional production, utilization, marketing and trade.


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Committee of Directors (CD) of ASARECA is responsible for general functioning. Steering Committee (meets annually), is technical arm and comprises heads of national programmes of each collaborating country, research team leaders, private representatives and coordinator.


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality Education



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