Cassava: raising rural incomes
Cassava is a woody shrub that is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy root. Cassava is the third largest source of carbohydrates for human food in the world, with Africa its largest centre of production. The NRI is at the forefront of research to help rural farmers and processors gain improved incomes from the commercialisation of cassava. The interdisciplinary approach aims to evaluate opportunities not only for technical feasibility, but also for economic return and social impact. Commercialisation is not just about issues of enterprise development, but also considers the importance of current processing systems for household incomes and the role of women within such systems.