External review of the Pod-Borer Resistant Cowpea and NEWEST rice projects indicates they are on track

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The Pod-Borer Resistant Cowpea Project and the NEWEST rice projects underwent an external review commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in April 2013 with the reviewers’ preliminary findings indicating that the two projects are on track in achieving the set milestones.

The review involved interviews with partners working on the two projects and visits to trial sites. All project components were reviewed. These include project management, product development regulatory compliance, communications and outreach, intellectual property management and product deployment.

The Pod-Borer Resistant Cowpea Project is developing a Maruca resistant cowpea, while the NEWEST rice Project is developing improved African rice varieties with enhanced agronomic traits, specifically nitrogen-use efficiency, water-use efficiency and salt tolerance. Both the rice and cowpea varieties are for use by smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information contact Prince Addae (p.addae@aatf-africa.org)

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