Cornell-Led Project Awarded $35 Million to Research Crop Vital to Africa’s Food Security

by Hnin Ei Wai Lwin

Photo: The project, which initiated in 2012, aims to expand understanding of cassava, an indispensable crop in sub-Saharan Africa. [Courtesy of Linda L. McCandless]

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom government collectively awarded $35 million to a Cornell project researching and promoting the use of cassava, a carbohydrate-rich tuber plant, in sub-Saharan Africa.