WHAT WE DO
The NextGen Cassava Breeding project (NextGen Cassava) seeks to modernize partner cassava breeding institutions in Africa and use cutting-edge tools for efficient delivery of improved varieties of cassava. The ultimate beneficiaries of this project are the cassava farmers of sub-Saharan Africa, who will receive improved varieties that increase fresh root yields, are more resilient to devastating virus diseases, and exhibit other traits preferred by smallholder farmers.NextGen is currently in its second 5-year phase and is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UKaid from the UK government. [ READ MORE ] about NextGen Cassava’s mission, structure, and impact.
WHO WE ARE
WHERE WE WORK
NextGen Cassava’s international, cross-disciplinary team is comprised of thirteen institutional partners across eight countries on four continents, each contributing their expertise to make the project’s goals a reality. Learn more about our partner institutions, donor organizations, and related projects.
Cassava in the News
“Cassava isn’t just meant to be grown — it’s a staple food for majority of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa,” says @PBirikano. “I wanted to find a scientific way to understand the traits end-users actually want.” #endhunger https://t.co/bPpPourzUq
Strong partnerships are leading to a more food secure #Africa. Discover how our partnership with
@wacci_gh is leading to improved cassava varieties for West and Central Africa. #foodsecurity
Cassava brown streak disease causes total loss when it strikes.
NextGen #cassava scientists are on the case to protect the crop & empower farmers through innovative, sustainable breeding @CornellGlobal @BTIscience @Nacrri_ug #plantsci
Researchers from @CornellCALS analyzed farmer preferences and found that the softness of cooked #cassava is a major influence on what kinds of varieties farmers actually adopt. @CornellGlobal @NextGenCassava @gatesfoundation @UKAidDirect https://t.co/8Am6HtScYS