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Roots and tubers to the fore: Cassava and sweet potato may improve dairy goat production in Tanzania’s drylands, but will women benefit?

Researchers in Tanzania are exploring how small-scale farmers might better integrate production of root and tuber crops, such as cassava and sweet potatoes, with rearing dairy goats to improve the food and nutritional security of their households. Publisher: Paul Karaimu – http://www.ilri.org Publishing date: 2012-01-09 08:00:00 Read article

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Rwanda: New Sweet Potato Variety Triples Yields in Gakenke

A new variety of sweet potatoes introduced in Gakenke District has increased output from four tonnes to 12 tonnes per hectare as farmers in the area appealed to government to avail more land to them. Publisher: Jean D’Amour Mbonyinshuti – http://allafrica.com Publishing date: 2012-10-15 09:00:00 Read article

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Bananas could replace potatoes in warming world

Climate change could lead to crops from the banana family becoming a critical food source for millions of people, a new report says. Publisher: Matt McGrath – Science reporter, BBC World Service Publishing date: 2012-10-31 00:35:00 Read article

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Rwanda: Banana Wilt Threatens Food Security

Banana Xanthomonas wilt has spread to 23 out of 30 districts in the country and has been declared a national threat by the Rwanda Agriculture Board. Publisher: Evaline Namuwaya – http://allafrica.com Publishing date: 2012-11-04 10:00:00 Read article

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Cassava Plant Remains Vital In Fight Against Hunger

From this field nestled among the lush rolling hills of Nigeria’s southwest, the small plants rising out the hard red dirt appear fragile, easily crushed by weather or chance. Publisher: Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Publishing date: 2012-11-01 10:00:00 Read article

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FIIRO DG On Cassava Bread, Food Security

Mrs. Elemo, who spoke in Asaba during the Annual General Meeting of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, where she was made a fellow, explained that the mixture of cassava and wheat by the millers will go a long way in saving the country a substantial amount of money which would have been used in the […]

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What Price Rice May Do

Rice remains the most popular staple in Guinea, but the high price of imported rice is pushing many consumers in this West African country to change their diet. Farmers have responded by rapidly expanding the land area planted with an alternative food crop: cassava. Publisher: Moustapha Keita, IPS Publishing date: 2012-10-31 11:00:00 Read article

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“Seek-and-destroy” protein could sound the death knell for cassava viruses

Cassava is the second–most important food crop in Africa, a staple in South America, and a vital industrial crop grown by smallholders, particularly in SE Asia. Recent research at CIAT also established that cassava possesses exceptional ability to thrive in tough conditions, including the higher temperatures and drought conditions predicted as a consequence of climate […]

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Cameroon: New Cassava Species Could Boost Food Security

Scientists and farmers’ associations have high hopes that a variety of cassava could help build their resilience to droughts and food insecurity Publisher: http://allafrica.com/ Publishing date: 2012-11-13 10:00:00 Read article

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Brazil: Drought in the Northeast generates supply crisis and record prices of cassava

Prices of cassava root, potato starch and flour are the largest (in nominal terms) ever recorded by the Center for Advanced Studies in Applied Economics (CEPEA) Esalq / USP – the series begins in 2002 Publisher: Ahmed Qureshi Publishing date: 2012-11-21 10:00:00 Read article

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Climate change may supersize sweet potatoes

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may have a silver lining: doubling the size of the sweet potato, the fifth most important food crop in the developing world Publisher: newscientist.com Publishing date: 2012-11-22 05:00:00 Read article

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Cornell receives $25.2M in funding for next generation cassava breeding

Cassava, a rough and ready root crop that has long been the foundation of food security in Africa is finally getting the respect it deserves. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID) are investing $25.2 million to improve the staple crop’s productivity and build human […]

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East African cassava research gets major funding boost

[NAIROBI] Three projects targeting the deadly viral cassava diseases, cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic disease (CMD), have received a financial boost for research and development focused on developing resistant varieties in Eastern Africa. Publisher: Calvin Otieno – http://www.scidev.net Publishing date: 2012-12-18 09:00:00 Read article

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Rising carbon emissions may double sweet potato size

Publisher: Zoraida Portillo – SciDev.Net Publishing date: 2013-01-02 09:00:00 Read article

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Silk industry spins eco-friendly yarn from cassava-fed worms

Publisher: bangkokpost.com Publishing date: 2013-01-05 12:00:00 Read article

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Nigeria Produces Hybrid Cassava Varieties to Boost Productivity

Publisher: thisdaylive.com Publishing date: 2013-01-07 09:00:00 Read article

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Cassava Bread Can Generate N24bn Annual Revenue – FIIRO

Publisher: Chika Izuora – http://leadership.ng Publishing date: 2012-12-28 14:04:00 Read article

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Bank loans for cassava producers in Mozambique to increase this year

Bank loans for cassava producers are this year expected to increase by US$8.3 million to US$17.6 million, compared to US$9.3 million in 2012, said the National Directorate for Agricultural Services of the Mozambican Agriculture Ministry. Publisher: http://www.macauhub.com.mo Publishing date: 2013-01-22 09:00:00 Read article

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Horn of Africa ‘should grow more climate-hardy cassava’

Farmers in the Horn of Africa should focus on growing more improved cassava varieties, which are high-yielding and resilient to drought, according to researchers. Publisher: Mekonnen Teshome – http://www.scidev.net Publishing date: 2013-01-17 10:00:00 Read article

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Another option? – Cassava flour trials to get underway

Bakeries across Barbados will be involved in trials to test how cassava flour can either be used to develop products either directly from cassava or retail products that would integrate cassava into existing products on the market. Publisher: http://www.barbadosadvocate.com Publishing date: 2013-01-17 08:00:00 Read article

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