Disease-resistant crops Creating disease resistant crops to help feed millions

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Period31 Jul 2014

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TitleDisease-resistant crops Creating disease resistant crops to help feed millions
Descriptionearl millet is a staple crop for populations throughout Africa and South Asia. Every year it suffers extensive crop losses due to the disease downy mildew. This leads to widespread food insecurity and financial instability, especially for the poorest farmers. Researchers at the Universities of Bangor and Aberystwyth have been part of an international effort to successfully breed a new disease-resistant variety of pearl millet. It is now grown extensively in India – enabling more resilient farming systems, creating jobs for local women and increasing food security for an estimated 3 million people.
Media name/outletUKCDR
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date31 Jul 2014
URLhttps://www.ukcdr.org.uk/case-study/disease-resistant-crops/

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Pearl millet is a staple crop for populations throughout Africa and South Asia. Every year it suffers extensive crop losses due to the disease downy mildew. This leads to widespread food insecurity and financial instability, especially for the poorest farmers. Researchers at the Universities of Bangor and Aberystwyth have been part of an international effort to successfully breed a new disease-resistant variety of pearl millet. It is now grown extensively in India – enabling more resilient farming systems, creating jobs for local women and increasing food security for an estimated 3 million people.