Cassava virus on verge of epidemic in East Africa
16 November 2011, Nairobi - A new variant of a cassava disease is affecting large parts of East Africa, especially in the area's Great Lakes Region, putting a crucial source of food and income at risk, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO experts say Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) is on the verge of becoming an epidemic, and have called for an urgent increase in funding, research, training, surveillance and other measures to help farmers and breeders.
Jan Helsen, FAO Agricultural Officer talks about Cassava Brown Streak Disease.
Regional cassava projects for vulnerable farmers.