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New vegetable lab launched to boost food security
by Samuel Hinneh
“Creating vegetable varieties and crop production practices that are resilient to climate change… and strains of pathogens and insects will be core concerns for the scientists working in the laboratory.”
Vivienne Anthony, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
- Local vegetable production faces challenges such as lack of improved varieties
- A new lab in Ghana aims to address these challenges and improve food security
- An expert says it could help solve vegetable problems in Africa holistically
It will do this through increased use of indigenous vegetables. The laboratory will facilitate new approaches for engaging relevant stakeholders in the vegetable value chain for addressing the challenges of the industry.
The Vegetables Innovation Laboratory (VIL), which is located at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) based at the University of Ghana, will undertake research in genetic improvement; vegetable production, quality and processing and policy research. Its focus will also be on value chains, socio-economic research and knowledge management systems.
The VIL was launched last month (26 June) at the WACCI in Ghana.
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