Cassava is a crop that has been dismissed by many agricultural advisors from other countries, but it can be a major part of ensuring food security among rural subsistence farming communities.
Cassava is also called Manioc, or you may know it as the dessert Tapioca.
The cassava plant produces bulbous roots a bit like sweet potatoes. They are rich in carbohydrates and energy. They are a perfect ‘insurance crop’ because they do not have to be harvested at a particular time. If other crops grow well they can be left in the ground, but if other crops fail they can be harvested.
CEPARD recently ran a training course on the best ways to grow Cassava.