Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21)
Founded in 2003, the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) is a not-for-profit international alliance of 45 organizations and coordinated by Claude Fauquet and Joe Tohme of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). It aims to fill gaps in cassava research and development in order to unlock the potential of cassava for improving food security and also increasing incomes of poor farmers through work to develop industrial products from cassava. GCP21 is providing updated information regarding the crop, the scientists working on cassava and cassava R&D projects in the world.
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Facts about Cassava:
• a staple food for more than 750 million people, mostly in Africa
• a crucial failsafe crop that’s resilient to climate change and tolerates poor soils
• one of world’s most important sources of dietary carbohydrate
• a vital cash crop for millions of smallholder farmers
• the world’s second-most important source of starch for industrial use
• the most widely traded starch in the world
• used in hundreds of products from flour, syrup, paper, glue, food, animal feed, ethanol
Background papers and disease reports (download)
• Akindbade S.A. et al. 2010 , First report of the East African cassava mosaic virus-Uganda (EACMV-UG) infecting cassava (Manihot esculenta) in Cameroon. New Disease Reports. Here.
• Bigirimana, S et al. 2011. First report of cassava brown streak disease and associated Ugandan cassava brown streak virus in Burundi. New Disease Reports.
• Hyman, G. et al. 2012. Cassava and Overcoming the Challenges of Global Climatic Change: Report of the Second Scientific Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century.
• Jarvis, A. et al. 2012. Is Cassava the Answer to African Climate Change Adaptation? Tropical Change Biology.
• Kumar, P. Kumar et al. 2009. First report of the occurrence of East African cassava mosaic virus -Uganda (EACMV-UG) in Angola. Plant Pathology.
• Legg, J.P. et al. 2011. Comparing the regional epidemiology of the cassava mosaic and cassava brown streak virus pandemics in Africa. Virus Research.
• Mulimbi, W. et al. 2012. First report of Ugandan cassava brown streak virus on cassava in Democratic Republic of Congo. New Disease Reports.
• Ogwok, E. et al. 2012. Transgenic RNA interference (RNAi)-derived field resistance to cassava brown streak disease. Molecular Plant Pathology.
• Rosenthal, et al. 2012. Cassava about-FACE: Greater than expected yield stimulation of cassava (Manihot esculenta) by future CO2 levels. Global Change Biology.