The cassava community of pracitce (CoP) primarily aims to facilitate the routine application of marker-assisted selection (MAS) in breeding programmes and to develop relevant schemes that effectively integrates MAS with field-based strategies.
The CoP organises training and workshops for members, facilitates breeder-to-breeder visits and supports postgraduate students. Among other areas, CoP members have benefitted from workshops on data analysis of genotypic and phenotypic data through GCP’s support.
- To increase routine use of markers in breeding
- Development of new generation of breeders
- Improvement in data management and analysis
- To develop partial inbred lines
- Development of gene pools
|Target countries:||Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda|
|Lead institute:||National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI, Nigeria)|
|Partners:||Crops Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CRI–CSIR), Ghana|
|National Crop Resources Research Institute, Uganda (NaCRRI), Uganda|
|National Root and Tuber Programme, Agricultural Research Institute, Naliendele Research Station, (NRTP–ARI) Tanzania|
In 2012, nine additional countries were added, raising the total of African countries from four to 13. The nine are: Côte d'Ivoire (Programme Plantes à Racines et Tubercules, CNRA [Centre National de Recherche Agronomique]); DR Congo (Program National Manioc, (L’Institut national pour l’Etude et la Recherche Agronomique– INERA); Ethiopia (Addis Ababa University); Kenya (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute – KARI); Liberia (Central Agricultural Research Institute – CARI); Malawi (Department of Agricultural Research, Chitedze Agricultural Research Station – CARS); Mozambique (Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique – IIAM); Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone Agricultural Institute – SLARI); and South Sudan (Root/Tuber and Horticultural Crops, Research Programme, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development).