Tag: Cassava

It is beyond high yield when selecting cassava varieties for planting. An experience from Bukedea and Kumi districts in Uganda


As a son of a farmer, I am always compounded and reminded of Bill Gates quotation “Innovations that are guided by smallholder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future”. Therefore, I strive to emulate on the farming practices of my fore fathers and at the same time improve on … Read More It is beyond high yield when selecting cassava varieties for planting. An experience from Bukedea and Kumi districts in Uganda

Let’s talk agribusiness: Opportunities in the cassava value chain at the Kenya Coast region


Mention to anyone from Kenya that you are at the Coast and quickly in their mind they will think you have gone to relax your mind, enjoy nature and explore the Coast line; basically the Coast in Kenya is synonymous with tourism!. Actually, having pleasure of your life can happen anywhere but this is not what took me to the Kenyan coast this time … Read More Let’s talk agribusiness: Opportunities in the cassava value chain at the Kenya Coast region

Cassava, a crop with unexploited opportunities in Coastal part of Kenya


I was born in Central part of Kenya and schooled in the same regions throughout to University. The first time I experienced farming by any other community was when I was employed by Ministry of agriculture livestock and Fisheries back in May 1997 when I was posted to Nyanza Province. Experience in working with different communities have taught me over the years to appreciate … Read More Cassava, a crop with unexploited opportunities in Coastal part of Kenya

Sowing seeds of transformation among cassava producers: Experiences with farm households in Kilifi and Taita-Taveta counties at the Kenyan coast


Back in 2017, as a requirement of a degree of Masters of Science in Food Safety and Quality, I was privileged to join my class in a one week community outreach and assessment program in Kwale County. The one week assessment interrogated community food handling and safety knowledge to tackle the increasing cases of malnutrition and periodical cholera cases experienced in the county during … Read More Sowing seeds of transformation among cassava producers: Experiences with farm households in Kilifi and Taita-Taveta counties at the Kenyan coast

Cassava offers under exploited alternative livestock feeds to farmers in Kilifi and Taita Taveta Counties, Kenya


My name is Elijah Mwangi, I have a background in Animal health undertaking MSc in Animal Nutrition and Feeds Sciences. After completing the mandatory course work for the degree at the University of Nairobi, I got lucky as one of the third cohorts for the RUFORUM funded CARP+ program under stewardship of Professor Mwang’ombe. My clear cut-out role was to look into the use … Read More Cassava offers under exploited alternative livestock feeds to farmers in Kilifi and Taita Taveta Counties, Kenya

Learning with and from smallholder cassava farmers of Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties, Kenya


Being raised in the Kenyan coast, cassava roots is amongst a familiar food that I had interacted with as breakfast, lunch and supper in most cases. Cassava production practices are less since now that I used to be sent by my mother to source them at Bomani (Likoni) or Kongowea market. The memorable part for me with cassava is during its peeling because I … Read More Learning with and from smallholder cassava farmers of Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties, Kenya

An ICT based platform to track and monitor the certification and distribution of clean cassava planting material


By Drake Patrick Mirembe1, Settumba B. Mukasa2 and Jude T. Lubega3 1School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University; 2School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University; 3Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU). Introduction Several households in eastern and northern Uganda depend on cassava as their sole starch staple food and source of income. In the 1990s, cassava production was threatened by the emergency of the … Read More An ICT based platform to track and monitor the certification and distribution of clean cassava planting material

Saving local cassava varieties to enhance food security in Uganda


By Settumba Mukasa and Moses Erongu, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University Cassava is the most important root crop in Uganda, grown in most parts of the country because of its ability to survive in a wide range of soil and weather conditions. It also serves as a family food reserve crop because of its ability to store in the soil for … Read More Saving local cassava varieties to enhance food security in Uganda

Women farmers in Eastern Uganda reap big from cassava processing


By Stanslus Okurut and Settumba Mukasa, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University Under their group the Popular Knowledge Women’s Initiative (P’KWI), women farmers in Soroti District, Eastern Uganda, are reaping big from processing fresh cassava roots into High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF). Lack of access to adequate and sustainable markets has been a perennial challenge of cassava farmers in Eastern Uganda -the … Read More Women farmers in Eastern Uganda reap big from cassava processing

How a farmer group moved from seed multiplication to value addition: The case of cassava composite porridge


By Rebecca Mukebezi and Settumba Mukasa, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University Most farmers perceive cassava as a famine reserve crop that is mainly grown for food security during periods of prolonged drought. As such, they rarely add value to the crop which makes them incur huge losses especially when there is a bumper harvest, given that the fresh tubers have a … Read More How a farmer group moved from seed multiplication to value addition: The case of cassava composite porridge

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