Like other root crops cultivated on small farms in the tropics, cassava was neglected for some time by policymakers and scientists. In the last decade, however, considerable attention has been given to cassava as a food, as an animal feed, and as a fuel source. In this book, James Cock, leader of the cassava program at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia, brings together the latest information on improved strains, modern production systems, better processing methods, innovations in storage and marketing, and the prospects for using cassava to produce fuel alcohol. He also explores the cassava production programs of several developing countries and ofters suggestions for creating an effective national cassava program. The book will be useful to both policymakers and researchers.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- Introduction -- Cassava: The plant and its importance -- Food, feed, and industrial uses -- Cassava production -- Components of a new technology -- New developments in post-harvest technology -- Some case histories of cassava development -- Development of national programs -- Appendix 1: Estimation of production costs of cassava and competitiveness with other energy sources -- Appendix 2: Where to get technical assistance and information on cassava