Plant viruses major cause of food insecurity, says expert

06.02.2013

Africa Science News

Published by Isa Chuki
 
Africa’s food security situation is increasingly getting compromised by plant viruses, Dr Elly Kafiriti, the Director of the Naliendele Research Institute said Monday while opening the 12th International Plant Virus Epidemiology (IPVE) symposium, in Arusha, Tanzania.
 
He noted the negative impact of plant viruses on food security in the continent where they were fueled by poor agronomic practices of resource-poor small-holder farmers [...]
 
Dr Nteranya Sanginga, Director General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) of the CGIAR, also speaking at the forum, noted that Africa was changing for the better and so was its leadership. Its future is thus looking bright. However, he said there were a number of challenges that need to be addressed including viral diseases of staple crops such as cassava, banana, and maize using advances in science.