Cassava - CIAT
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    About Cassava

    Though cassava is not widely known in the developed world, half-a-billion people in Africa as well as Latin America and the Caribbean depend on this root crop for food, and millions of Asian farmers grow it for industrial markets. Cassava can withstand harsh conditions, making it a key crop for protecting smallholder farming against climate change.
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    Cassava Projects

    See the names of CIAT projects, together with brief descriptions, in particular research areas and regions of the developing world.
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    Cassava in CGIAR Research Programs

    CIAT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR advances major research programs, which focus the work of the Consortium’s 15 member centers on key development aims. CIAT’s cassava research contributes importantly to these global programs.
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    Cassava Genetic Resources

    Virtually unknown in the developed world, half-a-billion people in Africa depend on cassava as a staple food, and millions more smallholders in Asia grow it for the starch industry. This “Rambo root” can also withstand drought and poor soils, making it a key crop for protecting smallholders against climate change  
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    This initiative, which forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, seeks to reduce micronutrient malnutrition, or hidden hunger, by providing billions of people with iron, zinc, and vitamin A through the staple foods they eat. The program uses a novel process called biofortification to breed higher levels of micronutrients into key staple crops, including beans and cassava.
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    CIAT Blog

    CIAT develops more resilient and productive varieties of cassava and common bean, together with tropical forages for livestock. We also help improve rice production in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Latest News

Science to Cultivate Change

Cassava: Subsistence Crop or Trendy Commodity?

When many people hear the word cassava, they immediately think of a subsistence crop. Is this really the case? It depends on who you ask.>

The Cassava Genome Hub: Terabytes of tuberous tropical root research set to revolutionize big data for agriculture

When it comes to cassava, we are in the midst of a genomic revolution that is producing enormous amounts of information. CIAT’s goal is to develop the tools and skills needed to analyze all this data, and in turn accelerate and enhance the impact of international agricultural research.>

Fight against Ganoderma root rot disease begins in the acacia seedling

When farmers at Ma village began noticing that their acacia trees developed a rotten core, they found themselves pushed to planting eucalyptus almost exclusively.>

Brewing a cassava crop model

CIAT and partner research centers from Vietnam work jointly in a project to develop and test a new simulation model for cassava. The model will facilitate farm-scale decision-making for improved agronomy in South-East Asia and the world.>
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