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Title A Genomic Turing Machine: establishing a platform to debate network approaches to the genetic improvement of underutilised crops in West Africa (Benin, Ghana, Sierra Leone)
Period 12 / 2006 - unknown
Status Completed
Research number OND1336649
Data Supplier NWO

Abstract

It is generally argued that genomics (through a gene revolution) will significantly contribute to accomplishing the Millennium Development Goals (reducing hunger and poverty by half). Given the poorest of the poor (particularly in Sub Saharan Africa) were largely missed by the Green Revolution and many Sub Saharan countries lack human and laboratory resources to engage in genomics, we propose to explore the feasibility of an alternative participatory network approach to strengthening the access of local researchers and farmers to functional genomics information as an aspect of an interdisciplinary genomics-social science approach to the improvement of rice and yam in West Africa.

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Project leader Prof.dr. P. Richards

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A21000 Agriculture and horticulture
D21400 Genetics

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