Cassava can withstand long periods without rain, which makes it the perfect addition to a small-scale farm. As the climate changes and droughts grow more intense, cassava can be a reliable food source for a family — and its animals.
But cassava has an image problem. It is often regarded by consumers as a snack, or something to eat only when other foods have run out. Yet it has great potential. Starchy cassava roots are rich in calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C. The leaves, particularly of improved varieties, are also rich in calcium and vitamin C, as well as iron, calcium and vitamin A.
Farm Radio International is working with Catholic Relief Services to promote cassava production and tackle cassava diseases in Tanzania and Uganda. We have implemented Participatory Radio Campaigns covering topics ranging from where to access clean planting materials to how to recognize and prevent diseases. This project complements other cassava projects underway or recently completed in Uganda and Tanzania.