CBSD-DRC project trains extension agents in communication and sensitization about cassava brown streak disease
The IITA project to combat Cassava brown streak disease in DR Congo (CBSD-DRC) organized a training workshop for the National Extension Service [in French: Service National de Vulgarisation (SNV)] on Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD), 28-29 May.
The training focused on communication and sensitization about CBSD and the collaboration between SNV and IITA. SNV is the national service in charge of extension on all innovations or interventions such as agriculture and nutrition technologies, as well as public health innovations.
The workshop brought together 10 participants from SNV, six from the National Head Office in Kinshasa and the other four from provincial offices in the project intervention areas comprising Kongo-Central, Lomami, South Kivu, and Tshopo.
The themes developed during the training were: (1) cassava cultivation practices for profitable production; (2) identification and management of major cassava diseases and pests in the DRC; and (3) communication and sensitization approaches.
At the end of the workshop participants developed an action plan for the extension activities to reach out to Congolese farming communities in the fight against CBSD and root necrosis in the DRC.