IITA leads breeding efforts in a global programme that seeks to contain serious threat to the world’s bananas

27 October 2017

IITA will lead efforts in deploying existing knowledge, human resources and capabilities to breed for resistant bananas against TR4 based on its extensive experience in banana breeding in the continent.

FAO and its partners Bioversity International, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the World Banana Forum have launched a global programme requiring $98 million to contain and manage a new Fusarium Wilt strain – Tropical Race 4 (TR4) – that is jeopardizing livelihoods that rely on banana – the world’s most traded fruit.

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