Roots and Tubers
Roots and tubers are an important food source for many parts of Africa. According to FAO estimates, roots and tubers account for 20% of calories consumed in Sub-Saharan Africa, and their demand is expected to rise in the next two decades due to increasing urbanization. Tubers such as cassava, yams and potatoes are vital for both food security and income generation. Tubers are produced for human and animal consumption, but also for many industrial applications in food, textile, paper, pharmaceuticals and other industries.
Current challenges related to tuber production include pest and disease management, storability of the roots, food safety (potential cyanide release), and suitability of newly bred varieties for food and industrial uses. Future increases in tuber consumption in Africa will depend on advancements in tuber processing into diverse food forms, or in using it as an alternative to imported wheat, rice and corn starch targeting urban consumers.
Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Women in Agricultural Development, MOFA WIAD, Ghana and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA 29.11.2017 BiomassWeb DDRD Project: Mushroom in Gomoa, Ghana Agrolink, MOFA-DEAS Ghana and FARA Video
The video showcases the use of generated agricultural waste (cassava peels) as substrate for the cultivation of mushroom and through this improve on food insecurity, reduce poverty and minimize environmental degradation. The project was conducted as part of the BiomassWeb project (www.biomassweb.org).