Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of cassava Volume 1 Cultivation techniques


Dr Clair Hershey is former Cassava Program Leader at the world-famous International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia. With a background in plant breeding, Dr Hershey has previously worked for the FAO and the Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB) and was Editor of Plant Breeding News.



Publication date:

31 July 2017

Length of book:

424 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786760005



Originating in South America, cassava is now grown in over 100 countries around the world. It is the third most important source of calories in the tropics after rice and maize. Its caloric value, as well as its ability to tolerate dry conditions and poor soils, makes it a key food security crop in developing countries, particularly in Africa. As demand for food grows, there is an urgent need to increase yields in the face of such challenges as climate change, threats from pests and diseases and the need to make cultivation more resource-efficient and sustainable.

Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of cassava at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. Volume 1 starts by reviewing current issues facing cassava cultivation around the world before discussing methods for sustainable intensification such as rotations, intercropping and more efficient nutrient management.

Achieving sustainable cultivation of cassava Volume 1: Cultivation techniques will be a standard reference for agricultural scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in improving cassava cultivation. It is accompanied by Volume 2 which reviews breeding, pests and diseases.

Key features

  • Discusses the growing importance of cassava as a global crop; 
  • Reviews trends and challenges in cassava cultivation in Asia, Africa and Latin America; 
  • Summarises current best practice in cassava agronomy, including seed systems, soil and nutrient management, crop rotations and intercropping, and postharvest management

What others are saying...

"This book will provide a thorough state of the art on cassava research. The book benefits from bringing together professionals with a broad interdisciplinary expertise in cassava and a value-chain perspective in their writing. This book will be a welcome source of knowledge to facilitate the sustainable intensification of cassava farming globally."
Rodomiro Ortiz, Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; former Deputy Director General/Director of Research for Development, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA, Nigeria), and Directorat the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT, India) and International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT, Mexico)

Table of contents

Part 1 The cassava plant and its uses
1.The emergence of cassava as a global crop: Doyle McKey, Montpellier University, France and Marc Delêtre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland;
2.Use and nutritional value of cassava roots and leaves as a traditional food: Aurelie Bechoff, University of Greenwich, UK;
3.Cassava for industrial uses: Klanarong Sriroth, Kasetsart University, Thailand;
4..New uses and processes for cassava: Keith Tomlins, Natural Resources Institute – University of Greenwich, UK

Part 2 Current cassava cultivation and opportunities for improvement
5..Cassava cultivation in Asia: Tin Aye, CIAT, Vietnam;
6.Cassava cultivation in Africa: Dunstan Spencer, Dunstan Spencer and Associates, Sierra Leone;
7.Cassava cultivation in Latin America: Marney Cereda, Catholic University of Dom Bosco, Brazil;
8..Drivers of change and setting priorities for cassava research: Clair Hershey, CIAT, Colombia;
9.Challenges and opportunities for targeting smallholder farmers to adopt to improved cassava technologies for yield and profitability: Kolawole Adebayo, Natural Resources Institute – Greenwich University, UK;
10.The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21): building an international platform for cassava: Claude Fauquet, CIAT, Colombia:

Part 3 Sustainable intensification of cassava cultivation
11.Defining and implementing good agricultural practices/integrated crop management in cassava cultivation: Tin Aye, CIAT, Vietnam;
12.Seed systems management in cassava cultivation: James George, CTCRI, India;
13.Improving soil and nutrient management in cassava cultivation: Reinhardt Howeler, CIAT Emeritus , USA;
14.Addressing nutritional disorders in cassava cultivation: Reinhardt Howeler, CIAT Emeritus , USA;
15.Nutrient sources and their application in cassava cultivation: Reinhardt Howeler, CIAT Emeritus , USA;
16.A production systems approach: Crop rotations and intercropping in cassava cultivation: Thom Kuyper, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
17.Mechanisation in cassava cultivation and harvesting: George Marechera, AATF, Africa;