Synopses & Reviews
Cassava is Africa's second most important food crop. The cassava transformation that is now underway in West Africa is fueled by new high yielding TMS varieties that have transformed cassava from a low-yielding, famine-reserve crop to a high-yielding cash crop for both rural and urban consumers. The book highlights the role of cassava as a "poverty fighter" by increasing cassava productivity and driving down the cost of cassava in rural and urban diets.
Cassava is Africa's "poverty fighter" and second most important food crop. This book discusses Cassava's real role and traces research over the past 65 years. The "Cassava transformation" that is now underway in Africa has changed this traditional, reserve crop to a high-yield cash crop. However, Cassava is being neglected by governments and donor agencies because of myths and half-truths about its nutritional value and role in farm systems.
About the Author
Felix I. Nweke has been Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nigeria, senior economist at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and visiting professor at Michigan State University, among other positions. In 2012 he received a lifetime achievement award for leadership in tropical root crops research.
Dunstan S. C. Spencer is Associate Director of Agricultural Programs in the Rockefeller Foundation.
John K. Lynam is associate Director of the Food Security Division, Rockefeller Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya. He is author of The Cassava Transformation and an editor of Transformation of Educational Research Systems.