French Ambassador, Gilles Thibault, joined the South West Governor to bless the take-off of the scheme that involves five African countries.
The French Ambassador to Cameroon, Gilles Thibault, has highlighted the challenges of food and nutrition in Cameroon as being at the crossroads of agricultural practices, investments, policies, climate change, market conditions and the fast socio-economic changes.
The French Diplomat was speaking in Buea, January 23, 2018, as they launched a five-year project to intensify research for breeding roots-tubers-bananas for end-user preferences (RTBfoods). The project officially started in November 2017.
It has as objective to improve food security by increasing yields and the stability of performance through resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. African beneficiary and partner countries include Benin, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Uganda.
The French contribution to this endeavour would be through the France-based Centre for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD).
It is a project principally funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the United States of America, with European research partners like CIRAD-France, INRA-France, James Hutton Institute-Scotland and Natural Resources Institute-United Kingdom.
At the RTBfoods launch in Buea, capital of the South West Region, Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai who declared open an eight-day kick-off meeting in the company of the French Ambassador, wished the various countries to derive maximum profit from it. Close to 100 participants at the Buea kick-off meeting are digesting rock-bottom research papers delivered by experts from the research partners.