Tuesday, March 15


Cassava is a hardy, drought-resistant, edible root grown throughout the world. Americans are probably unfamiliar with this tuber, except that it is an ingredient in tapioca.

Cassava propogates easily, grows in poor soils, is protein-rich, and is a versatile ingredient in a variety of foods (including beer) and non-food items (like glue).

There are several new varieties that are not GM but are hardier than the older varieties. These improved varieties of cassava produce foodstocks on the order of 7 times that of maize. For that reason, Zambia has been pushing farmers to experiment with cassava in recent years. Many agronomists think cassava is the answer to many country's food security concerns as well as a lucrative cash crop.