This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R7565, R8302 and R8405. New
cassava-breeding skills, and high-yielding cassava varieties which are
resistant to pests and diseases—including cassava mosaic disease—are
benefiting both farmers and processors in Ghana. The new varieties
developed jointly with farmers yield well with few inputs in rain-fed
fields. They also meet local people's preferences for taste and food
preparation, and are suitable for other West African countries.
Involving processors in selection too has led to high-starch varieties
that farmers can find a ready market for. The new, participatory
breeding method has produced these new varieties fast, in just five
cycles of cropping and selection. It is also being used in Uganda and
Tanzania for sweet potato, and could easily be applied to other crops
like potato and yam.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF
(11 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP23, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 5.