The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) has called on policy makers and donors to support the transformation of the Cassava crop in Africa.
The call made ahead of the international conference on cassava comes amidst concern over the decline in harvests per acre of cassava in Africa compared to Asia.
Dr. Claude Fauquet, the Director of Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century, says cassava productivity per acre has remained at nine tons or less yet the crop plays a key role in Africa’s food security. Its productivity has remained low (about 9 tons per hectare).
Dr. Fauquet notes that, cassava productivity in Asia is more than 21 tons per hectare- a situation that gives Asia competitive advantage in global cassava trade.
His call comes at a time when cassava is becoming central to food security of over 600 million people in the developing world, and has become the fourth most important crop after maize, wheat and rice. Read more