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Engineered irrigation surfaces and water lifting

  • Ernest Asiedu
  • e.asiedu@cgiar.org

The root zone of rice should be efficiently and uniformly supplied with water from rainfall or irrigation so that resources like energy, water, nutrient, and labour are conserved, and stresses on the crop avoided. Proper delivery and drainage of water on rice farms hence plays a crucially important role for obtaining satisfactory levels of crop production and input use efficiency. …

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Aromatic Rice for Africa (ORYLUX varieties)

  • Ernest Asiedu
  • e.asiedu@cgiar.org

The excellent flavour and texture of aromatic rice varieties make it very popular with consumers and give it a larger market value than traditionally cultivated types of rice that are less palatable. Production of aromatic rice by countries in Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) is really low and does not come near to fulfilling the demand from populations, what brings about major …

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Cassava seed-bulking farms

  • Abass Adebayo
  • a.abass@cgiar.org

Cuttings from cassava stems are the most commonly used planting material by African farmers because this kind of seed can be gathered from previous cropping phases and thereby allows to cultivate large areas of land. Distribution of cassava stem cuttings to growers is however problematic because the materials rapidly lose sprouting vigor when stored, and their sheer volume and weight …

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Semi Autotrophic Hydroponics for Cassava Multiplication

  • Mercy Elohor Diebiru-Ojo
  • e.diebiru-ojo@cgiar.org

In most areas of Sub-Saharan Africa cassava planting materials are produced through clonal multiplication, which involves cutting stems and planting these directly in the field. This process is however limiting the speed at which new improved varieties can be released to large number of farmers because it takes multiple years before sufficient volumes of planting materials can be produced. Obtaining …

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Cassava Peels for Animal Feed Production

  • Tunde Amole
  • t.amole@cgiar.org

Processing of cassava roots into food or starch products leaves behind large amounts of peels that create environmental hazards in many African communities because of uncontrolled dumping and burning. Usually on 1 ton of fresh cassava roots you get 0.2-0.3 ton of peels, with a total of 40 million metric ton peels being generated annually in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cassava peels …

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High quality cassava flour and industrial starches

  • Abass Adebayo
  • a.abass@cgiar.org

Fresh cassava roots are very quick to perish and mold because of their high water content, thereby posing a major challenge for farmers to store the food or sell it on markets. African communities growing cassava have always been processing the roots in one way or another to extend the shelf life and eliminate toxic cyanide compounds. The techniques that …

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Cassava varieties with high dry matter and starch content

  • Elizabeth Parkes
  • e.parkes@cgiar.org

The amount of dry matter and starch held by cassava roots are greatly influencing their value for farmers because these quality characteristics determine its uses in manufacturing of flour, chips or industrial materials. Cassava crops in Sub-Saharan Africa are renowned for a low degree of root filling with dry matter and starches, which is for a large part ascribed to …

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Golden cassava varieties (Vitamin A fortified)

  • Elizabeth Parkes
  • e.parkes@cgiar.org

Millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa are relying on cassava as the main food staple, but the crop varieties that are commonly grown by farmers have low levels of vitamins and minerals. This is an important cause of widespread malnutrition and hidden hunger on the continent, with 50% of children between 0.5 to 5 years suffering from vitamin A deficiency …

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