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09.2020 - 08.2021

Agricultural biotechnology in Cameroon and Ghana: Development of formulations of beneficial and synergistic microorganisms for the simultaneous improvement of plant nutrition and plant protection (MicBiotech)

Cooperation Partners

University of Buea
CSIR-Crops Research Institute
EYRANAM Ventures

Poor and declining soil fertility coupled with pest and disease problems are responsible for the huge yield gap between the actual production and attainable potential in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), which often results in food and nutrition insecurity.

The use of plant growth-promoting microorganisms (PGPM) as bio-fertilizers represents a potential tool for sustainable agriculture and trend for the future. Effective formulation of beneficial microbes can be used to improve plant nutrition and protection within the framework of integrated soil fertility management. Thus, research to define what bacterial traits are useful and necessary for different environmental conditions and plants, so that optimal bacterial strains can either be selected and/or improved.

However, microbial inoculant technology is underdeveloped in many African countries compared to developed nations. Lack of awareness, infrastructure, skill and absence of a supportive regulatory framework in SSA has negatively impacted the use of bio-fertilizers. Hence, this project funded in the outline of the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Research and education) call “Promotion of Development and Establishment of Contract Research in African Innovation Systems” intends to bridge the gap in exploiting microbial inoculant formulations within the integrated soil fertility management nexus in West (Ghana) and Central (Cameroon) Africa. The main aim of this collaborative project between the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), the University of Buea (UB), CSIR-Crops Research Institute and private companies (AGROVICS and EYRANAM Ventures) is to sustainably enhance microbial inoculant production, adoption and utilization of synergistic beneficial microbes adapted to specific needs of farmers to improve plant nutrition and protection in Cameroon and Ghana, and initiate private sector uptake of the inoculant technology for production and commercialization of inoculants products that will boost agricultural production and economic growth.

For the exchange of fungal strains and biological material with Buea University in Cameroon, compliance with the Nagoya Protocol and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Rules is mandatory. More information about our practical experience with obtaining ABS documents, can be found here.

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