Geographically, the Danida Project is carrying out work in 12 Latin American
and 10 African countries, to better characterize:
1). Whiteflies as pests in the tropical highlands of Latín America,
2). Whiteflies as vectors of viruses in legumes and mixed cropping systems lO the
tropicallowlands of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean,
3). Whiteflies as vectors of viruses in vegetable and legume mixed cropping systems in
Eastem and Southem Africa, and
4). Whiteflies as vectors ofviruses in cassava and sweet potato in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Project funds, totaling US$I,200,000, were received by CIAT in March of
1997. During March ahd April 1997, the Project and Sub-project Coordinators revised
. the Coordination and Sub-project budgets. From April toAugust, 1997, Memoranda of
Understanding were written and signed between the collaborating CGlAR centers, and
NARS, to formalize the working relations of this Project. Project funds were transferred
to lITA and ICIPE in late August 1997, and subsequently to NARS of all sub-projects.
Project operations began in October - November 1997.