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 change – meaning it could be a key fail-safe crop for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Publisher: Fred Okono, IBP

Publishing date: 2012-11-05 09:00:00

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