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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CIAT helps African cassava “Bridegroom” find perfect match

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

A new disease-tolerant cassava variety just released in Nigeria could help to boost food production in the country, and highlights the importance of conserving cassava germplasm from Latin America for scientific research in Africa. The new crop combines two forms of resistance to the devastating cassava mosaic disease(CMD): one found in the so-called “Bridegroom” cassava variety, a Nigerian landrace,Read More …

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