Biofortification of cassava for Africa: the BioCassava Plus program

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2011
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From Access Not Excess ed Charles Pasternak, Chapter 11, pages 113-120. Copyright Smith-Gordon 2011
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In sub-Saharan Africa starchy root-crop cassava ranks first in total production and second to maize as source of dietary energy. Among the world’s staple crops cassava has the lowest protein/energy ratio (7.4 mg protein/cal compared to 26 mg protein/cal for maize) and is deficient in iron, zinc, pro-vitamin A or β-carotene and vitamin E. The BioCassava Plus program, aiming at completion in 2017, seeks in its present phase, to deliver fortification in respect to iron and pro-vitamin A.
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