OptimaSoy Africa (OSA): Soybean Variety Trial Platform-Consortium Final Technical Report
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Jane Ininda, Godfree Chigeza. (15/1/2019). OptimaSoy Africa (OSA): Soybean Variety Trial Platform-Consortium Final Technical Report.
Optima Soy Africa (OSA), part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legume and Dry Cereals (CRP-GLDC) (http://www.crp.gldc.org/), Crop Network Groups (CNGs) harnesses the partnership to ensure the development of market demand soybean varieties and technologies reach the last mile. OSA provides leadership, co-ordination and engagement of industry stakeholders to support increased and stable upscaling of soybean research outputs. Soybean Variety Trial Platform is intended to “fast track” the introduction and testing of near commercial soybean varieties to provide local seed companies and farmers access to a broader selection of potential varieties. The platform seeks to bridge the gap between crop breeding research activities and varietal deployment. The platform will create a verified, reliable and transparent seed system, which has been a critical missing component in Africa for testing and registration of modern varieties and establishing distribution systems for quality soybean seed and associated agronomic inputs in Africa. The Platform is composed of both public and private institutes and is being coordinated by AGRA (https://agra.org/) with IITA (http://www.iita.org/) providing the research leadership in developing and upscaling of multiple stress tolerant soybean varieties and improved agronomics to address some of the major challenges facing the soybean industry in Africa. Broadly, the OSA engages in soybean product (variety) design, development (breeding), and product testing, advancement and delivery in Africa.
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