Cassava and sweet potato in Malawi (ELDIS)

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Cassava and sweet potato yield assessment in Malawi

Cassava and sweet potato harvesting in Malawi

Authors: C. Moyo; African Crop Science Journal
Publisher: Eldis Document Store, 2004

Cassava and sweet potato are important food and cash crops in Malawi. However, key information regarding varieties grown, sources of planting materials , post- harvest handling, utilisation and tuber yields is lacking. A study was therefore conducted to source this information.

Farmers grow mostly local varieties of cassava with own gardens as the main source of planting materials. Several varieties of sweet potato are grown with Kenya (bred in Tanzania) as the most popular. Sprouts from previous season’s gardens are the main source of planting materials.



Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.