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Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

2033 K Street, N.W. 4Th Floor

Washington D.C., District of Columbia 20006

United States

Company Description

CGIAR, is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. The name CGIAR comes from the acronym for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. In 2008, CGIAR underwent a major transformation ... more

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Employment History

Senior Plant Pathologist

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Pathologist, Global Maize Program

CIMMYT

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About CIAT: Staff

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George Mahuku, Plant Pathologist


"Since its 'second coming,' TR4 has ...

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"Since its 'second coming,' TR4 has spread to Southeast Asia, then across thousands of miles of open ocean to Australia and finally, in 2013, to Africa… Its recent discovery in the Middle East and in Nampula, Mozambique, indicates that the disease is spreading and threatening bananas worldwide," senior plant pathologist for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, George Mahuku said.


"Its recent discovery in the Middle ...

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"Its recent discovery in the Middle East and in Nampula, Mozambique, indicates that the disease is spreading and threatening bananas worldwide," George Mahuku, Senior plant pathologist for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, told CNN.

"It's a serious threat to livelihoods and food security in the Nampulaprovince, country and the continent, should it spread. In Africa, bananas are critical for food security and income generation for more than 100 million people," he added.
Not just the Cavendish
Even though the disease appears to have spread to just two plantations in Mozambique, the impact on the local economy is already severe: "The disease has already cost Matanuska, the company that owns the plantations, about $7.5 million. A total of 230,000 plants have been affected and destroyed. At the current rate of infection, the farm is losing 15,000 plants per week, translating to $236,000 per week," said Mahuku.
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Only one cultivar remained disease free after eight months," said Mahuku.


"Its recent discovery in the Middle ...

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"Its recent discovery in the Middle East and in Nampula, Mozambique, indicates that the disease is spreading and threatening bananas worldwide," George Mahuku, Senior plant pathologist for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, told CNN.

"It's a serious threat to livelihoods and food security in the Nampulaprovince, country and the continent, should it spread. In Africa, bananas are critical for food security and income generation for more than 100 million people," he added.
Not just the Cavendish
Even though the disease appears to have spread to just two plantations in Mozambique, the impact on the local economy is already severe: "The disease has already cost Matanuska, the company that owns the plantations, about $7.5 million. A total of 230,000 plants have been affected and destroyed. At the current rate of infection, the farm is losing 15,000 plants per week, translating to $236,000 per week," said Mahuku.
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Only one cultivar remained disease free after eight months," said Mahuku.


"Its recent discovery in the Middle ...

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"Its recent discovery in the Middle East and in Nampula, Mozambique, indicates that the disease is spreading and threatening bananas worldwide," George Mahuku, Senior plant pathologist for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, told CNN.

"It's a serious threat to livelihoods and food security in the Nampulaprovince, country and the continent, should it spread. In Africa, bananas are critical for food security and income generation for more than 100 million people," he added.
NOT JUST THE CAVENDISH
Even though the disease appears to have spread to just two plantations in Mozambique, the impact on the local economy is already severe: "The disease has already cost Matanuska, the company that owns the plantations, about $7.5 million. A total of 230,000 plants have been affected and destroyed. At the current rate of infection, the farm is losing 15,000 plants per week, translating to $236,000 per week," said Mahuku.
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Only one cultivar remained disease free after eight months," said Mahuku.
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In Africa, a 12-month emergency project funded by FAO is underway to tackle TP4, and Mahuku is optimistic that the disease can be contained to the areas where it has been observed: "To achieve this, financial resources are needed, otherwise inaction due to lack of resources will be catastrophic, especially for small farmers who depend on bananas for their livelihoods," he said.

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