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ip handbook The African Agricultural Technology Foundation approach to IP management – chapter in Handbook of Best Practices
For smallholder farmers in Africa, yields of major staple crops (maize, sorghum, millet, cassava, cowpea, bananas/plantains) have remained stagnant or even declined in the past 40 years. Numerous biotic and abiotic stresses have contributed to this dire trend. Local research efforts to overcome these stresses have been hampered by declining support for agricultural research, limited access to elite genetic material and other technologies protected by IP rights, and the absence of commercial interest in these crops from private owners of agricultural technologies. – Click here for book chapter [pdf 290 kb]
   
Cassava proceedings
 
A strategy for industrialisation of cassava in Africa: Proceedings of a small group meeting, 14–18 November 2005, Ibadan, Nigeria
The current high cost of cassava production and low quality of cassava products in Africa stems from inefficient traditional production and processing methods, which severely limit the ability of the continent to enter local and export industrial markets and effectively compete with corn starch in global markets. For cassava to play a role in the economic growth of cassava producing countries in Africa, an integrated ap-proach combining large investments in industries using cassava as a raw material (for example food, feed, ethanol and starch) and small and medium scale investments by entrepreneurs in production, processing and delivery of high quality cassava products to the larger industries as well as adoption of labour saving devices in cassava produc-tion is considered essential. Indeed, a survey conducted by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation during the 2004 Triennial Symposium of the International So-ciety for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB) revealed a consensus among African cassava experts that the single most important intervention to increase the competitiveness of the cassava industry was the adoption of mechanisation in cassava production.
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