WHAT IS CDP?
The Cassava Diagnostics Project (CDP) has been working with institutes across East Africa since 2009 to combat the threat of the increasingly virulent cassava viruses. Cassava is a staple crop for 500 million people in Africa and is currently threatened by two devastating viral diseases: cassava mosaic disease (CMD) and cassava brown streak disease (CBSD). CDP has been working to combat these diseases and thereby prevent widespread famine – by ensuring that cassava remains a reliable food source across Africa.
WHAT ARE ITS AIMS?
CDP is working to combat cassava diseases under the following three aims:
- To understand the threat from evolving viruses and vectors
- To support clean seed systems for farmers
- To build sustainable regional capacity
WHO IS DELIVERING CDP?
- Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI-Mikocheni)
- Department of Agricultural Research Services in Malawi (DARS)
- Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
- Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research
- National Crops Resources Research Institute in Uganda (NaCRRI)
- North Carolina State University
- Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)
- Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI)