Cassava in tropical Africa
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CTA. 1992. Cassava in tropical Africa. Spore 42. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Cassava in tropical Atrica; a reference manual produced by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, 1990 176pp, ISBN 978 131 041 3 Pbk IITA, PNB 5320 Oyo Road, Ibadan, NIGERIA
Cassava was introduced into Africa from South America in the latter half of the 16th century. Since then it has become one of the most important food crops in Africa. Its starchy, tuberous roots are a valuable source of calories and in many parts of Africa, the leaves and tender shoots of cassava are also consumed as vegetables. Over two-thirds of the total production of cassava is consumed in various forms by humans. Its usage as a source of ethanol for fuel, energy in animal feed, and starch for industry is increasing. The crop is amenable to agronomic as well as genetic improvement, has a high yield potential under good conditions and performs better than other crops under sub-optimal conditions. Because of the agronomic and economic importance of cassava this book has been produced for those involved in the production and post-harvest technology of the crop. Designed both as a teaching aid for training sessions and as a convenient reference book, the manual is divided into four parts, and together these parts contain 12 units. Part I deals with production constraints. Part 11, which explains means of overcoming these constraints, consists of 6 units: morphology and physiology; breeding; rapid multiplication, tissue culture agronomy and crop protection. Part 111 deals with post-harvest technology and Part IV covers aspects of data collection and on-farm research. Although only a relatively small book, the informative text is well presented and is supplemented by diagrams, charts, tables and photographs. Cassava in tropical Atrica; a reference manual produced by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, 1990 176pp, ISBN 978 131 041 3 Pbk IITA, PNB 5320 Oyo Road, Ibadan, NIGERIA