Representatives of private sector organizations, government, NGOs, and research institutions met 5–6 April at the IITA Ibadan campus, to discuss ways to enhance opportunities to see High Quality Cassava Peels (HQCP) processed and used at scale in Nigeria.
The IITA-led project to control Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) held its first Annual Review and Planning workshop in Bujumbura, Burundi and Kigali, Rwanda between 19 and 23 March.
A team of researchers working in Tanzania has conducted a gendered mapping of the structure and functioning of the traditional cassava value chain in Kigoma, Mwanza, Coastal Region and Zanzibar Island of Tanzania.
The Confined Field Trial currently being carried out on transgenic cassava at an IITA site has been described as “completely safe with absolutely no risk of contamination to local cassava varieties.” Anna Carluccio, a scientist on the research team at IITA, said this in an interview.
Commissioners of Agriculture in Nigeria’s cassava growing belt have declared weeds a major cause of low yield in cassava and the main constraint limiting the competitiveness of cassava farmers in the country.
To build an economically sustainable seed system that is profitable for the entire cassava seed value chain and in due course, the Nigerian farmers and the community, the project, BASICS hosted stakeholders for a three-day annual review and planning meeting (ARPM)
The IITA postharvest specialist of the SAPEC project is currently conducting a study in collaboration with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), to ascertain the suitability of the IITA introduced cassava varieties to produce gari and fufu powder in Liberia.
Ahead of the international conference on cassava, the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) has called on policy makers, donors and the international community to support all efforts that will bring about cassava transformation in Africa.