VIRCA Plus is a collaborative project to develop disease resistant and nutritionally enhanced cassava for Africa, with partner institutions in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and the United States.

Kenya

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)AfriCenter in Kenya supports stakeholder outreach.

Kenya

The Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is the lead agency for all
technical and field activities.

Kenya

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Kenya conducts research and development
activities.

Nigeria

The Open Forum On Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) Nigeria Chapter supports communications and outreach activities in the country.

Nigeria

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) supports communications and outreach activities in the country.

Nigeria

The National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) in Umudike carries out research and development activities for nutritionally-enhanced VIRCA Plus cassava.

Uganda

The National Crop Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) of the National Agricultural
Research Organization (NARO) is the lead agency for all technical and field activities.

Uganda

The Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development (SCIFODE) leads communication and stakeholder outreach on behalf of the project.

USA

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit scientific research institute located in Creve Coeur, Missouri, United States. The Center’s mission is to “improve the human condition through plant science.

Current and past supporters of the VIRCA, Biocassava Plus and VIRCA Plus projects include:

Bayer, formerly through Monsanto and the Monsanto Fund

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Funding is in the form of cost-sharing and charitable grants that bring no financial benefits to supporters.