UN encourages development of Pacific Cassava crop
Cassava scientists recently met in Belgium and called for more research and development to boost farmers’ yields of the crop.
The Apia-based FAO Food and Nutrition Officer Dirk Schulz says cassava is a staple food in the Pacific region and readily available.
“Cassava is an important crop for food security globally and in most Pacific Island countries, in particular Melanesian countries. Particularly with these days rising food prices..countries are looking for alternatives to produce food locally and cassava has a starchy root and is an important source of energy and carbs.”
Dirk Schulz says the crop adapts well to poor soil and low rainfall.