UN food agency tags cassava as future global crop

Agence France-Presse reports via InterAksyon.com that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) sees a "huge potential" in cassava being a "21st century crop" following the use of a new farming approach that resulted in a 60 percent increase in global cassava output since 2000.

Agence France-Presse reports via InterAksyon.com that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) sees a "huge potential" in cassava being a "21st century crop" following the use of a new farming approach that resulted in a 60 percent increase in global cassava output since 2000.

 

According to the report, the Rome-based UN organization said a "Save and Grow" approach has been the key to the "spectacular" yields of cassava in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia. The method, which "does away with the use of heavy chemical inputs, and minimizes soil disturbance caused by traditional tilling methods such as plowing," also caused the production of cassava in trials in Vietnam to jump from 8.5 tons to 36 tons, the FAO said.

 

The report also noted that data from the FAO show that cassava is packed with nutritional value, "with roots rich in carbohydrates and leaves containing protein, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C."

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