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.
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.
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
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.
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.> Read More...
Category: Agrobiodiversity, Big Data in Your Plate, BigDataPlatform, Cassava, RESEARCH AREAS, agricultural research, agriculture, Cassava Genome Hub, CIAT genebank, genetic data, genomic
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.> Read More...