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The Project Director of Cassava Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II) has commended Natural Resources Institute (NRI) on obtaining the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for maximizing returns from cassava in African agriculture.

The United Kingdom is a world leader in science and research and The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes celebrate the achievements of universities and colleges. The outstanding work recognized with these awards brings benefits to the everyday lives of millions of people in the UK and beyond.

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Commenting on the illustrious award received by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, the Project Director for CAVA II, Prof Kolawole Adebayo said, “We at FUNAAB and CAVA II project are delighted to be part of this award to the NRI of University of Greenwich for their work on cassava in Africa”. He stressed further that, it is an honour to be recognized for this esteemed award.

It is a challenge to us to continue the good work that we are doing with the African smallholders to improve the cassava sector as a whole. We will continue to facilitate ways by which the benefit of such improvement makes an impact and a difference in the life of the cassava farmer in Africa with ongoing collaboration with NRI and other partners, he added.