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September 11th, 2015 / The Nation, Nigeria

Many farming families depend on cassava, but low yields are becoming increasingly common. Indeed, productivity has been extremely low and achieving less than 10 tonnes per hectare. This worsens the farmers’ situation and keeps them in a cycle of extreme poverty. The situation, however, is going to change. Thanks to funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) and years of research and development undertaken by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), more than 60 new cassava varieties that have been tested and released with successful results. See more