Eastern Africa Root Crops Research Network (EARRNET)

Réseau de recherche sur les tubercules en Afrique orientale

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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 USAID/SADC/IITA/CIP Southern Africa Root Crops Research Network (SARRNET). Subsequently a network of Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), implemented by 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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Technology development and transfer in 4 categories: research; training; information exchange; institutional capacity building. results are assessed through monitoring and evaluation. Organized regional conferences and workshops.


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Subjects *

  • Plant Life
    • Vegetables
  • Amenities
    • Food Security
  • Societal Problems
    • Pests
  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Crops
  • Agrosciences
    • Agrosciences
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

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



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10. Jul 2008
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