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Cassava farming

A child standing in a field of cassava in western Kenya. A child standing in a field of cassava in western Kenya.

Farmers in western Kenya and major cassava growing areas have struggled to produce enough food for their families and communities because of poor land, low-yielding varieties and a crop disease that decimated their staple food crop, cassava.

Fast-maturing cassava

Thanks to a project supported by the NFU, we are helping farmers in the Ugenya and Nyando districts in Nyanza to increase their harvests of healthy cassava by:

  • introducing new disease-resistant varieties that produce more yield per hectare, mature faster and cope better with drought than the traditional variety
  • training leading farmers in the area how to look after the new variety. They then train another five farmers each
  • increasing cassava consumption and boosting nutrition by teaching farmers new cooking methods, including chips, chapattis, cakes and crisps. Processing cassava into other products fetches a higher price than unprocessed cassava alone.
  • training farmers in post-harvest conservation methods such as chipping and drying, which reduces losses and ensures food is available for longer.

Who are we helping?

Around 3,000 households are benefitting from the new cassava varieties, helping around 23,000 people in Ugenya and Nyando to have more food and earn more money.

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