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Climate smart cassava

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Sr. Joao and Sr. Luis showing healthy and ruined cassava leaves ©Ilario Rea/IFAD

 

Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

As climate change continues to devastate rural farming, one IFAD project is using stem plantation to help farmers adapt.

João Marcus Costa is a cassava farmer from Manjacaze, Mozambique. Like many Mozambican farmers, João’s small cassava field used to face constant threats from drought, disease and pests. Even when he did manage to successfully harvest his cassava, he then faced additional challenges trying to get his cassava to market due to poor transportation. Fortunately now, however, the situation is beginning to change for João.

Through the IFAD-supported Pro-Poor Value Chain Development Project in the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors (PROSUL), with additional funding from its Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), smallholder farmers like João are connected with the resources they need to adapt to climate change.

Smallholder farmers, especially those in developing countries are at the forefront of climate change and are most in need of adaptation techniques.

PROSUL’s aim is to develop climate smart livelihoods for smallholder farmers in the Limpopo corridors.

One area of work will be to strengthen the country’s cassava value chain. It will specifically strengthen links between the farmers involved in production.

This will be done by providing local farmers with both improved agricultural practices and a direct access to market. So far, the project has initiated 60 farmer field schools, involving more than 1732 participants, the majority of which are rural women.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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