Tanzania study finds that communities can reduce cassava disease’s impact

Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) is a major constraint for smallholders in East and Central Africa, where new outbreaks have been reported in the past two decades. Caused by viruses that are spread by infected planting material and sap-sucking whiteflies, CBSD can destroy a significant portion of a farmer’s cassava production. SSA government institutions have focused on breeding high-yielding cassava … Read More

Collaboration on research and training to control banana Xanthomonas wilt in East and Central Africa

Banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW)—a bacterial disease spread by insects, birds, bats, larger animals, and farm tools—is the biggest constraint for banana production in East and Central Africa. Since its appearance in Uganda in the early 2000s, BXW has spread rapidly in the region, causing food insecurity and income loss. Bioversity International and IITA have collaborated with Uganda’s National Agricultural Research … Read More

CIAT and partners spearhead efforts to control cassava witches’ broom disease in Southeast Asia

Cassava witches’ broom (CWB) disease, which reduces cassava yields by an average of 30–35%, is an emerging threat to the livelihoods of millions of farmers in Southeast Asia. CIAT is working with national partners to better understand the disease, improve surveillance, and help farmers manage it. Cassava is an important cash crop for the region’s smallholders, supporting the livelihoods of … Read More