Rapid Deployment of RustResistant Wheat Varieties in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is one of the major wheat producing countries in Africa with an estimated area of 17 million ha and production of 42 million tons at the productivity level of 25 tonha About 46 million smallscale farmers are involved in wheat production A yellow rust epidemic in 2010 devastated close to 600000 ha exacerbating the already looming stem rust threat in the country In response to this in 2011 an ICARDAEIAR Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research joint project 20112014 supported by USAID was launched to deploy resistant varieties to counter the threat of rusts
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