It was clear from the speakers and participants at GCARD2 that partnership is one of the key factors to be considered if we want to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers and increase food production.
Yam bean, originally from South America, has large storage roots that are richer in nutrients than many alternatives, such as cassava and yam.
Bioversity Library's insight:
While many of Africa's staple foods - maize, cassava, potatoes, Asian rice - have been introduced from other parts of the world, the idea of introducing yet another new food crop appears a daunting challenge. But over the last decade, a partnership of crop breeders and researchers from South America, Europe and Central and West Africa have been testing the potential of American yam bean (Pachyrhizus spp.) to thrive in African farms and be accepted by consumers.
Reducing the rate of biodiversity loss and averting dangerous biodiversity change are international goals, reasserted by the Aichi Targets for 2020 by Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) after failure to meet the 2010 target. However, there is no global, harmonized observation system for delivering regular, timely data on biodiversity change