NRI Cassava Programme

The African Cassava Whitefly Project is searching for answers to significantly reduce the cassava-whitefly abundance in the cassava-growing regions of East and Central Africa. Outbreaks of the African cassava whitefly are responsible for serious crop losses in nine East and Central African countries resulting in hunger, recurrent famines and annual losses of more than USD1.25 billion.

Project website | Dates: 20-10-2014 to 31-10-2018 | Funder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Lead organisation:


  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  • Cornell University, USA
  • Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS), Malawi
  • CIRAD, France
  • Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y MediterrĂ¡nea (IHSM), Spain
  • CIAT, Colombia
  • Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI), Tanzania
  • National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Uganda
  • Natural History Museum, UK
  • Royal Holloway University of London, UK
  • The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (THUJ)
  • The University of Manchester, UK
  • The University of Western Australia (UWA)
  • University of California (UCR), USA
  • Zhejiang University, China