INEA is a five-year project using edible aroids as a model to improve clonally propagated root and tuber crops of tropical countries. It started with an inaugural meeting in Kuala Lumpur 13-15 April 2011.
Clonally propagated crops (cassava, sweetpotato, yams, and taro) rarely flower or set seeds, so adaptation to new conditions brought about by pests and diseases, changing market needs and in particular climate change, presents severe challenges.
INEA has been set up with three main aims: to help countries access plants of varied genetic backgrounds; to assist with breeding strategies; and to demonstrate the effective use of modern technologies.
At the same time, INEA will bring together scientists and farmers into a global network to exchange germplasm and relevant information under the auspices of international treaties.
The countries involved are: Burkina Faso, CARDI, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Africa and Vanuatu. INEA is also supported by four European institutes (in France, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia) which will backstop the work, together with Bioversity International.
INEA is led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji, and the Centre de Cooporation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement (CIRAD), France and Vanuatu.
The project is made possible by a generous EU grant of €3 million.
This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union. For the European Commission's International Cooperation & Development policy and aid delivery see http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/home_en.