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Mar 19, 2010

Scotland Supports Virus Resistant Potato Research in Malawi

The government of Scotland's International Development fund has allocated £400,000 to help farmers in Malawi access research on potato crop improvement from the Scottish Crops Research Institute (SCRI). The SCRI works closely with the International Potato Center (CPI).  The focus of project is to assist farmers fight viruses that keep them from increasing their yields and ultimately constrains food security. 

This funding is part of a larger public assistance program undertaken by the Scottish government in Malawi. 

On 18 March 2010, the Scottish government allocated a total of  £7.2 million for 21 projects in Malawi.

Dr. Lesley Torrance, head of the Plant Pathology programme at SCRI will be the manager of the potato project in Malawi.  According to him, “[i]ncreased yields and sustainable potato production can only happen if we develop effective systems for virus-free seed potato production ...”
For more see: "SCRI support for farmers in Malawi," SCRI Living Technology, News, Scotland, 19 March 2010.

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