Members of the SPIRIT Project during presentation of the project activities at the 8.4.4 Board Room. SPIRIT focuses on generation and adoption of innovations along potato value chains to improve food and nutritional security in Africa.
College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) has launched Strengthening Capacities for Innovation of Potato Value Chain Project. Also known as SPIRIT, the Project aims at strengthening the capacities in scientific research and innovative technologies and practices for enhanced product quality along the potato value chain in East Africa. In achieving this, it will contribute towards the intensification of agriculture science technology and innovation (ASTI), poverty reduction, economic growth and enhancement of social developments in East Africa.
Speaking during the launch, CAVS Principal, Prof. Stephen Kiama, acknowledged the relevance of the project towards bringing together key scientific and technology organizations in East Africa and Europe; thus addressing the scientific and technological divide in the field of innovation for agricultural value chains.
Given the importance of potatoes in fostering socio-economic development, increasing food security and reducing the vulnerability on global food price inflations in East Africa, SPIRIT focuses on generation and adoption of innovations along potato value chains.
Some of the partners of the SPIRIT Project are; European Union, Agricultural Research Institute- Uyole, Tanzania, Makerere University-Uganda and The Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development Neiker-Tecnalia.
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