Improvement of banana for smallholder farmers in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
The project has been structured around five strategic goals and one management goal:
- Banana breeding pipeline: Enhanced performance of banana breeding systems in ECA to deliver improved East African highland bananas with increased levels of pest and disease resistance, higher yields, and better consumer acceptability.
- Pest and disease control: Enhanced host plant resistance to major pest and disease constraints through improved pathogen identification and accelerated early stage screening of resistance.
- Leveraging genetics: Improved breeding efficiency through molecular-based genetic studies for increased understanding of underlying genetics and development of DNA marker-based early selection.
- Empowering end-user evaluation: System for better tailoring breeding products and increasing adoption of new cultivars through end-user feedback systems and participatory evaluation of improved banana germplasm.
- Harnessing data: Driving improved efficiency of breeding systems and enhanced synergy in national, regional, and global partnership through an open-source database and tool box for banana breeders and researchers.
- Governance, research oversight, and management: Coordinating breeding efforts integration, capacity building, communication, and dissemination undertakings, and to ensure the long-term project impacts, through embedding breeding and research planning, and review in a users’ perspective forcing all in the research-for-development process into an adoption-orientated focus.