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  • 1.
  • 2. Why cassava?
    • It is a fascinating plant, and perhaps the one with the most potential.
    • - food;
    • starch
    • - animal feed;
    • - bioenergy and biofuels.
    • Leaves are a source of protein and can be used in animal feed and food for human consumption.
  • 3. Growing conditions
    • Cassava can:
    • Grow under different agro-ecological conditions (where annual rainfall is as low as 500 mm, or where it is as high as 5,000 mm).
    • Remain in ground for several months without serious deterioration.
  • 4. Biofuels use
    • High sugar varieties: can be developed as competitive crops for bio-ethanol production.
    • High starch varieties: can be used as filler crops in processing bio-ethanol.
    • Peels can be a source of bio-energy
  • 5. Targets and objectives of the Consultation
    • To clearly define the research agenda for:
    • Developing high sugar varieties of cassava from production to processing.
    • Identifying suitable varieties for using cassava as a filler crop in multi feed bio-ethanol plants.
    • The development needs to be undertaken:
    • While ensuring that the poor benefit
    • Without compromising food security.
    • Ensuring environmentally sound development.
  • 6. Consultation
    • Eight sessions covering the following topics:
    • Overview of potential of cassava as a food crop and as a feedstock for biofuels.
    • Country experiences in the processing of cassava for bio-ethanol production.
    • Cassava improvement breeding, biotechnology and quality planting material.
    • Agronomy (crop, soil, water, and pest management).
    • Cassava as a bioenergy crop.
    • Post-harvest handling and market optimization for smallholders.
    • Policy issues in bio-ethanol/bioenergy production using cassava as feed stock.
    • Next steps and summary.
    • Each session is 100 minutes, each speaker 15 to 20 minutes and there are 40 minutes for discussion.
    • Request clear summary from each session.