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The survey work that leads to the analysis described in this publication was commissioned by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria. The FAO Crop and Grassland Service wishes to acknowledge the excellent work and substantive contributions of the authors: Truman P. Phillips and Daphne S. Taylor of dTp Studies Inc., Canada; Lateef Sanni of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria and Malachy Akoroda of the University of Ibadan and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria.

Useful information was provided by key informants at all the study locations in Nigeria; their special input and their friendly and accommodative nature during the field stages of this study are very much appreciated. In particular, the authors would like to thank and express gratitude to the executives and staff:

Cassava farming village, Boodo, Ogun State
Agro-Industrial Development Unit, Abuja
Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Lagos
National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike
Project Coordinating Unit, Abuja
ADDIS Engineering Ltd, Isolo
Peak Products, Abeokuta
Root and Tuber Expansion Programme, Ijebu Ife
Starron Engineers, Mushin, Lagos
Ifo Fufu Market, Ogun State
Obasanjo Farms
Odeda Farm Institute, Ogun State
Agricultural Development Programmes of Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Edo, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Abia, Benue, Kaduna, Kogi
AGIP Oil Company LTD, Rivers
Consultancy Unit, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
National Association of Small Medium Enterprise in Nigeria
Works and Transport [Engr. A.E. Ojobo], Edo
Real Foods, Asejire, Oyo State
The Nigerian Cassava Growers Association
Agricultural Projects and Extension Services, Shell, Rivers

Adrianna Gabrielli, FAO, is thanked for final editing and layout. Any remaining mistakes are the responsibility of the authors.

Finally, NeBambi Lutaladio, Agricultural Officer of the FAO Crop and Grassland Service is thanked for his efforts which made possible the release of this publication within the framework of the Global Cassava Development Strategy.

The study was funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the States of the South South and South East Nigeria, and IITA. Gratitude is expressed to these organizations.

Eric A. Kueneman
Crop and Grassland Service
FAO Plant Production and Protection Division

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