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Planning and advocacy strategy validation workshop is held in Accra, Ghana

April 19, 2017 By Joyce Maru

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), a key partner of International Potato Center (CIP ) on the Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB ) Project, held a two-day Orientation, Planning, and Advocacy Strategy Validation workshop between 21st and 22nd March, 2017 in Accra, Ghana. The workshop brought together BNFB’s Regional Advocacy Champions, the BNFB regional and country advocacy teams, and key FARA staff with a common agenda of addressing micronutrient malnutrition in Africa through biofortification.

Hail Queen of Roots, Tubers and Bananas

March 21, 2017 By Christine Bukania

The words, “Hail Regina Kapinga, Queen of the RTB,” rang out at the announcement of her ‘Appreciation award for outstanding leadership and contribution to the development of Root and Tuber crops in Africa.’ The award ceremony was held on 10 March 2017 at a dinner and cultural night, to officially close the International Symposium for the International Society for Tropical Root Crops- Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB), held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 6-10 March.

APPG meeting with Food Prize Laureates

March 16, 2017 By Joel Ranck

The CIP and HarvestPlus 2016 World Food Prize Laureates participated in a session of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development that brings together UK Parliamentarians concerned with agriculture, nutrition and food security in the developing world.

Indicators show potatoes can grow on Mars

March 8, 2017 By Joel Ranck

This Phase Two effort of CIP’s proof of concept experiment to grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions began on February 14, 2016 when a tuber was planted in a specially constructed CubeSat contained environment built by engineers from University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima based upon designs and advice provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Ames Research Center (NASA ARC), California. Preliminary results are positive.

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