Cassava: Is this crop about to rock the world?


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In this AgTalk, Professor William Otim-Nape demonstrates that cassava is not only nutritious and drought resistant, but may just be the world’s next superfood.

VIDEO: AgTalks – William Otim-Nape: Dr. Cassava

In 2010, Times Magazine cited cassava as one of the most dangerous crops in the world, to be eaten at one’s own risk if cooked improperly.

In this episode of AgTalks, Professor William Otim-Nape not only demonstrates that cassava is a nutritionally sound crop, but he also explains that the gluten-free, starchy tuber is drought resistant and does very well on marginal soils, making it a natural choice for farmers facing the impacts of climate change.


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Willem Van Cotthem

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