Cassava: preparing for a perfect storm

18 August, 2011 by (comments)

Just one outbreak of a significant crop pest or disease is worrying enough for many farmers. But what about four at the same time?

And what if that crop is both the third-most important food source in the tropics, as well as a crucial industrial crop grown by smallholders?

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New CIAT research just published in the journal Food Security reveals potential hotspots for combined outbreaks of some of cassava’s most formidable enemies: whitefly, green mite, cassava mosaic disease and cassava brown streak disease.

East and West Africa, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America are all high on the danger list.

To find out more about the research – based on ecological niche modeling – and recommendations for managing the risks, click to see the press release.

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