Cassava: Does it hold the secret to climate change adaptation?


Cassava or Yucca to the natives:

Repeating Islands

Lorianna De Giorgio (Toronto Star) writes that Cassava, a starchy root, has fed some of the poorest nations for centuries” and has proven to be highly resistant to adversity. See excerpts here.

Hundreds of millions of people in Africa depend on it, as do hundreds of millions more in Asia and Latin America. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, cassava accounts for a third of Africans’ total caloric intake.  It may soon become even more important: New research suggests it is ideally suited to withstand drought and climate change.

‘Rambo’ of food

Andy Jarvis of the Colombia-based non-profit International Center for Tropical Agriculture, says cassava could be the answer to climate change adaptation in Africa, because cassava is “often the food crop that continues to provide food in periods of the year when other food sources are not available.” Its other selling point? It’s incredibly…

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