Strengthening linkages between small actors and buyers in
the Roots and Tubers sector in Africa


Regional Training Workshop on Cassava Production and Protection


Kumasi, Ghana

The African Roots and Tubers Project organized a Regional Workshop on ‘’Experience Sharing on Cassava Production and Protection” in Kumasi, Ghana, from 05 to 07 December 2017. Representatives of farmer organisations and public institutes joined from the countries where the project is supporting the cassava value chain (e.g. Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi)

The agenda of the workshop included some technical training and related field visits.– The training were delivered by some of the most well-known centers of excellence for cassava and yam production and protection in Africa, namely: (i) the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); (ii)  the Crop Research Institute (CRI): (iii)  the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST); (iv)  the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF); and (v) the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD).  

The workshop also included sessions aimed at sharing knowledge, experiences, results and lessons learned from the project’s implementation. 

Field visits to the CRI and KNUST were organized to learn about the breeding activities and the in-vitro multiplication of the planting material used to renew material with virus-free planting tools and innovations in cassava mechanization. These trainings and knowledge sharing spaces, will serve to beneficiaries countries to develop new or improve existing varietal catalogues and strengthen the overall system of cassava production.