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"Root of the Matter" - GLCI Music Video

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Uploaded on Nov 29, 2010

Two pandemic cassava diseases in the Great Lakes Region of eastern and
central Africa threaten the incomes and food security of farmers in six
different countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda,
Tanzania, and Uganda. Catholic Relief Services, the International Institute
for Tropical Agriculture and Food, and Environmental Research Agency of UK
designed the Great Lakes Cassava Initiative (GLCI) to help 60 local partners
diagnose and monitor the diseases and predict their spread which
continuously pushes its way west and south, destroying much of the crops
along the way.

One of GLCI's goals is to work with over 3,000 farmer groups to increase
crop yield by 50 percent for around 1.15 million farm families. GLCI's
hybrid approach of agricultural and business training, technology, and
distribution of disease resistant cassava seed, is expected to help
participating farmers generate $58 million in revenue.

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