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Why do we need to increase nutrition in Cassava?

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Published on Dec 15, 2016

Cassava is important because it is rich in energy content and shows resilience in the face of climate change, but nutritionally the crop still leaves much to be desired. The genomic selection tools developed through NextGen Cassava show great promise to enhance the nutrient density of cassava for key nutrients like vitamin A and iron. We're hopeful that these tools will help make cassava into a more wholesome meal to combat nutrient deficiency and hidden hunger.

NextGen is led by International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and National Root Crops Research Institute breeding centers in Nigeria, the National Crops Resources Research Institute in Uganda, Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, the West African Centre for Crop Improvement in Ghana, Makerere University in Uganda, and the Boyce Thompson Institute, USDA-ARS, and the U.S. Department of Energy in the United States.

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