Save and grow: Cassava

Save and grow: Cassava

A guide to sustainable production intensification

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2013


This guide is the first on the practical application of FAO’s “Save and Grow” model of agriculture to specific smallholder crops and farming systems. It comes as cassava production intensies worldwide, and growers shift from traditional cultivation practices to monocropping, higher-yielding genotypes, and greater use of agrochemicals. Intensication carries great risks, including soil nutrient depletion and upsurges in pests and diseases. The guide shows how ecosystem-based “Save and Grow” approaches and practices can help tropical developing countries to avoid the risks of unsustainable intensication, while realizing cassava’s potential for producing higher yields, alleviating hunger and rural poverty, and contributing to national economic development.

Table of Contents


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Chapter 1: Cassava, a 21st century crop
Chapter 2: farming systems

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Chapter 3: Varieties and planting material
Chapter 4: Water management

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Chapter 5: Crop nutrition
Chapter 6: Pests and diseases

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Chapter 7: Harvest, post-harvest and value addition
Chapter 8: The way forward

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Annex tables

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