Commitment to Action

Improving Africa's Neglected Food Crops

Commitment by

The New Partnership For Africa's Development (NEPAD)

In 2011, NEPAD committed to lead a consortium of companies, scientific and government bodies, and civil organizations to sequence, assemble, annotate, and make over two dozen genomes of important African food crops and tree species neglected by science publicly available. This consortium, African Orphan Crops (AOC), additionally aimed to found a plant breeding academy in Ghana to train 250 African scientists and 500 African technicians in plant breeding techniques to improve these newly sequenced crops. AOC worked to make more widely available genomes that are already sequenced. The knowledge and availability of these orphan crops allow African farmers to grow highly nutritious, productive, and robust crops, creating surpluses for the market.

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Commitment

Improving Africa's Neglected Food Crops

Launched

2011

Est. Duration

6 years

Estimated Total Value

$50,000,000

Region

Africa

Countries

GHANA

Commitment by

The New Partnership For Africa's Development (NEPAD)

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Mars, Incorporated, African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Life Technologies, DuPont Pioneer, IBM, Bioversity International, Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), World Wildlife Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, University of California, Davis, TransFarm Africa, DuPont Company, World Agroforestry Center