Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (VACS) Research in Action: Opportunity Crops for Africa

Fredenberg, Emily; Karl, Kevin; Passarelli, Simone; Porciello, Jaron; Rattehalli, Vieshnavi; Auguston, Amy; Chimwaza, Gracian; Grande, Fernanda; Holmes, Bridget; Kozlowski, Natalie; Laborde, David; MacCarthy, Dilys; Masikati, Patricia; McMullin, Stepha; Méndez Leal, Elena; Valdivia, Roberto; Van Deynze, Allen; van Zonneveld, Maarten

The Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (or “VACS”) brings together dedicated communities and individuals from research, advocacy, and policy to shine a light on opportunities that opportunity crops provide to build more resilient and food systems. Scaling up production and access to more diverse, climate-resilient crop varieties that support good nutrition and better livelihoods is a goal shared across national, regional, and international communities. VACS has gained important visibility, including from the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, which has galvanized further international support. This report outlines the guiding concepts of the VACS approach, provides an overview of the research conducted as part of VACS through crop-modeling and evidence synthesis approaches, and recommends areas of focus for the movement going forward as well as ways to engage in VACS.

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Center for Climate Systems Research
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March 15, 2024