Smartphone app for detection of 5 cassava diseases

Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in America are developing a smartphone application that uses image recognition to identify up to 5 different cassava diseases. The application is being developed and tested in conjunction with the Tanzania research office of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and a…

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Nigerian coalition objects to field trials for GM cassava

The Nigerian Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and a coalition of civic groups have warned that the recent government decision to grant permission for the start of confined field trials (CFT) of genetically modified (GM) cassava risks turning the country into a testing ground for “unregulated technologies”. The organisations…

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Big boost for Zambia’s cassava production

A bio-energy company has invested US$20 million in a farmer out-grower scheme that will benefit 2 000 farmers in Zambia’s Luapula Province. Local media reports that the investment by Sunbird Bioenergy Africa will also create economic opportunities for thousands of other small-scale producers. “So far, close to 300 ha of…

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Philafrica Foods expands into cassava processing

Philafrica Foods, a food processing company operating in Africa and based in South Africa, sees great potential in cassava processing and has expanded its operations accordingly. The firm, which forms part of Afgri Group Holdings, has bought a controlling stake in The Dutch Agricultural & Trading Company’s (DADTCO) cassava processing…

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