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Cassava farmers in Tanzania to benefit from new industry partnership with ACAI project

At a recent meeting in Tanzania, IITA, through the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) and the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI-Naliendele) agreed to explore areas of collaboration with the Cassava Starch Tanzania Corporation (CSTC). Demand for cassava is increasing as more companies are seeking to process the roots into high-value, starch-rich flour. New processing capacity…

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TAAT cassava compact launched in Burundi

TAAT cassava compact launched in Burundi

With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Cassava Compact was launched on 2 April in Bujumbura, Burundi. The Director General of the National Office for Seed Inspection and Certification (Office National de Contrôle et de Certification des Semences [ONCCS]), Fidèle Gahungu, opened the ceremony on behalf of…

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BASICS ARPM 2019: Communicating and outscaling successes beyond project life

BASICS ARPM 2019: Communicating and outscaling successes beyond project life

The Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Seed System for Cassava (BASICS) project hosted its stakeholders for the 2019 Annual Review and Planning Meeting (ARPM) on 11–13 March at IITA-Ibadan, Nigeria. Director of Pipal Limited, Kenya, Sue Davison, facilitated the meeting with the theme “Communicate,” which reflected on the activities of the project in the past…

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Stakeholders express interest in SAH technology in DR Congo

In February, a meeting was organized at IITA Kalambo to share the progress made in the introduction of the Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) technology at Kalambo station. Cassava is one of DR Congo’s principal crops, with per capita consumption of 453 kg per year; it is also a main pillar for food security for 80% of…

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