“Game changing technologies” needed to fight cassava diseases

9 June, 2013 by (comments)

Alarming outbreaks of two devastating cassava diseases in Africa have prompted an alliance of experts to make an unprecedented international commitment to tackle them. Members of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) announced plans for the sweeping set of measures to impede the spread of the flesh-eating cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic diseaseRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Latin America and the Caribbean

Flesh-eating cassava virus pushes west across Africa

6 May, 2013 by (comments)

Scientists are struggling to contain a flesh-eating virus sweeping across the cassava plantations of Africa, destined for the world’s biggest producer and consumer, Nigeria. The devastating epidemic of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) has already made it halfway across the continent, with reports of new outbreaks in DR Congo – the world’s third largest producer – and Angola, whereRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

Will 2012 be remembered as the unofficial Year of Cassava?

16 May, 2012 by (comments)

It might be an abuse of artistic license, but 2012 might well be remembered as the first International Year of Cassava – in all but name. That’s because this year has already witnessed a sea change in the way the world regards this long-neglected crop. And it’s about time really: cassava feeds half-a-billion people in Africa every day, andRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Taking cassava beyond the cutting edge

11 May, 2012 by (comments)

Synthetic seeds could help farmers break pest and disease cycle A new project to produce synthetic seeds for cassava – one of the world’s most important food crops – could transform the way it is grown, and help protect smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America from devastating pests and disease outbreaks. The project by the International CenterRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

“Rambo root” could beat climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February, 2012 by (comments)
Yuca Rambo

Cassava expected to “enjoy” climate change – could produce more food for millions of people A traditional root crop long neglected by modern science could be the best bet for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to beat climate change, according to a new study by a team of climate scientists. The research, published in a special edition of the scientificRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Cassava threats: CIAT’s Tony Bellotti interviewed on Radio France Internationale

23 August, 2011 by (comments)

Have a listen to CIAT entomologist Tony Bellotti, speaking on Radio France Internationale today, about the recent CIAT study into the possible hotspots for outbreaks of some of the most formidable pests and diseases of cassava. While the report identifies several key areas ripe for infestation, it also makes recommendations for farmers, and the international community, to prepare forRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

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? New CIAT research just published in the journal Food Security revealsRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions