All you need to know about Cassava… but were too afraid to ask

2 August, 2012 by (comments)

Handbook passes the baton of cassava knowledge to a new generation of researchers That’s right: everything you need to know about cassava, in a single book. But that should in no way belittle this 800-page tome. The Cassava Handbook is an in-depth, exhaustive – but by no means exhausting – compendium of nearly four decades of CIAT research intoRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en

CIAT’s cassava work in SE Asia on ABC Radio Australia

27 July, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT Asia’s Regional Coordinator, Rod Lefroy, speaks to ABC Radio Australia about the importance of cassava in SE Asia,  the possible impacts of climate change on the crop, and some of the pest and disease challenges facing smallholder cassava producers in the region. Click to listen.  

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change

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)
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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: 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

Cassava in SE Asia – the emerging threats

13 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT entomologist Tony Bellotti gives an illuminating update on the cassava mealybug situation in Southeast Asia, and shares his thoughts on the importance of developing an Integrated Pest Management strategy to protect cassava farmers from this and other emerging pest and disease threats in the region. Click to watch.

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Filed Under: Crops @en