The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) continued receiving people visiting its stand at the SADC Ministers of Agriculture, Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture in Windhoek, Namibia. CCARDESA displayed posters on seed varieties that have been developed under the Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA), a project which is funded by the World Bank and is coordinated by CCARDESA. The posters have attracted the attention of the delegates. Through collaborative research efforts in the three APPSA implementing countries (Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia), new crop varieties have been developed and released. The posters are showcasing some of the improved crop varieties developed with focus on high yield and quality, early maturity, adaptation for abiotic and biotic stresses as well as tolerance to major diseases and pests of the specific crop.
With the release of more than forty new varieties, the project is increasing the availability of improved agricultural technologies, which should help to improve the food and nutrition security and livelihoods of the smallholder farmers with access to the technologies. Follow the links below to view the posters.