Two new initiatives that have come to our attention on cassava research:
One is from Uganda, where scientists from the National Crop Research Institute are setting up a biotechnology center for the purpose of studying cassava. With the assistance of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (Asareca), launched the cassava biotechology project on the 3oth April. Read more about this from the Africa Science News Service.
Scientists from CIAT are also working on a cassava initiative, in partnership with the Thai Tapioca Development Institute (TTDI). This initiative has the objective of developing new cassava varieties, and assisting farmers to increase their revenue. A five-year collaboration is in place with the objective of adapting cassava to growing conditions in Thailand while optimizing its marketability. Read more.