Cassava is a great staple crop, growing well despite long dry periods. It is also highly nutritious, its starchy root full of vitamin C and its leafy greens rich in vitamin A. Yet cassava has a bad reputation as a food to eat only when other foods have run out.
For those farmers who grow cassava, mosaic disease and brown streak disease threaten their crop, putting their nutrition and food security at risk.
Farm Radio International, with funding from Catholic Relief Services, is working to change cassava’s reputation in Tanzania and Uganda. Two Participatory Radio Campaigns will share with farmers the benefits of growing and eating cassava, as well as details on how to recognize and combat diseases that affect cassava.