The project is being implemented with Vita in the Chencha region of Ethiopia. It is part of Teagasc’s new policy on international food security.
Teagasc is partnering on the project with Vita, the Irish NGO, Wageningen University and Research, The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, The International Potato Centre (CIP), Arba Minch University and the Irish Potato Federation.
The project is intended to empower and strengthen the local knowledge base by funding and training three Ethiopian PhD students. Dissemination of the research will help local subsistence farmers and the research will ultimately be widely transferable across sub-Saharan Africa through a proposed Potato Coalition.
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