Video Upholding cassava's potential in Africa

TLF ID M017163

This is a video about the importance of cassava for food security in Africa and how the Regional Cassava Initiative supported small-scale farmers whose crops were affected by viral diseases. Plant virologist James Legg explains the extent of the problem and how the viruses are transmitted, and Burundi farmer Aoron Sebomana tells of the impact of virus infection and how the Initiative helped. Agronomist Salvator Kaboneka outlines how the provision of clean cassava varieties led to stable prices, and Patrick Seruyange from the European Union describes how the Initiative was challenged by a new epidemic. The video concludes that still more effort is needed to sustain cassava growing in Africa.

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Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for the food and fibre component of the science and geography curriculums for years 7 to 9. It is of considerable value for the year 9 geography unit of study Biomes and food security, especially for content descriptions about the environmental factors that influence crop yields across the world, and the capacity of the world's environments to sustainably feed the projected future population to achieve food security for the world. Cassava is an important food staple that is extensively cultivated in tropical and subtropical biomes for its edible starchy, tuberous root.
  • The video is also of value for the Science as a Human Endeavour strand in years 7 and 8, particularly for the content descriptions about how science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as agriculture, and how people use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations. Scientific research was a pillar of the Regional Cassava Initiative and the video illustrates the importance of breeding virus-resistant cassava varieties and training farmers to recognise and respond to early signs of viral infection.
  • The Regional Cassava Initiative was a partnership project in seven Central African countries to restore cassava-based production systems. The partnership established systems to research, raise and distribute virus-free cassava planting material. It promoted better cassava growing, processing and conservation practices among farmers and brought about some improvement in early warning systems for better control and management of cassava-related diseases. It was funded by the European Union and coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization from 2006 to 2013.
Year level

7; 8; 9

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