The first blog in this series described the Africa Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) and how it aims to improve cassava agronomy for increased production and productivity. The blog also talked about how ACAI partnerships could help build a climate-smart cassava value chain. This second interview blog is about the role research, development and technology in building a resilient cassava value chain. It talks about how research, and the application of improved cassava agronomic practices can help cassava farmers improve their production and productivity while adapting to climate change.
Research has shown that small scale and rural farmers are responsible for producing a large proportion of the food consumed in Africa. As a result, they have been the target of many agricultural development interventions, especially from the global north. These development efforts are mainly because of the ideology that building the capacity of these small scale farmers to efficiently produce more food will improve food security and nutrition in Africa. Continue reading