Cassava research boosts production

Malawi: a scientist examines a cassava plant
FAO/17738/A. Conti

The development of high-yielding varieties of cassava has significantly increased production in many countries. In Ghana, the introduction of improved varieties helped boost the cassava harvest by nearly 40 percent between 1980 and 1996. Thanks in part to larger cassava harvests, Ghana was able to reduce undernourishment more rapidly than any other country between 1980 and 1996.

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) are playing a leading role in developing improved cassava varieties and preserving the genetic diversity of this important staple crop.

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