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The “World Cassava Economy: Facts, Trends and Outlook” has been prepared by the FAO Commodities and Trade Division in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The initiative coincided with the development by IFAD of a “Global Cassava Development Strategy” to which FAO has been closely associated. It is the latest of a series of monographs on basic staple food crops issued by the Division, which already covered sorghum, millet, white maize, potatoes and sweet potatoes. The present document is expected to contribute to a better understanding of the factors underlying changes in the domestic and international markets of cassava and derived products, thereby facilitating the formulation and finalization of IFAD's Global Cassava Development Strategy.

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