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Save and grow: Cassava

A guide to sustainable production intensification











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    Save and grow: Cassava. Policy Brief
    A guide to sustainable production intensification
    2013
    FAO's Save and Grow model of agriculture can help make intensive cassava farming more productive, profitable and sustainable. Access the complete book here.
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    Introduction of early maturing cassava varieties in Bolivia, a cost benefit analysis 2017
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    This technology describes the introduction of early maturing purple cassava varieties in the Bolivian eco-region of the Beni river watershed. In this area, farmers are used to cultivate white cassava, which has a growing cycle of more than 90 days. Given the long growing period, traditional white cassava often cannot be harvested before the start of the flooding season, leading to significant production losses. Early maturing cassava can be harvested before local cassava varieties, thereby reducing the vulnerability of farmers to floods. Furthermore, early maturing purple cassava is considered more valuable than white cassava because it is an ingredient commonly used in local dishes; therefore, it can be sold at higher prices in local markets. In 2015, the performance of this disaster risk reduction (DRR) good practice was monitored in 6 farms in Rurrenabaque’s communities of Puerto Yumani (5) and Bajo Colorado (1). This technology briefly introduces the concept of early maturing cassava and presents a cost-benefit analysis of the practice compared to normal practices for cassava production.
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    Save and Grow in practice: Maize, rice, wheat 2015
    FAO’s best-selling 2011 publication, Save and Grow, proposed a new paradigm of agriculture, one that is both highly productive and environmentally sustainable. This new book looks at the application of “Save and Grow” practices and technologies to production of the world’s key food security crops – maize, rice and wheat. With examples drawn from developing countries worldwide, it shows how eco-friendly farming systems are helping smallholder producers to boost cereal yields, improve their incomes and livelihoods, conserve natural resources, reduce negative impacts on the environment, and build resilience to climate change. The book will be a valuable reference for policymakers and development practitioners guiding the transition to sustainable food and agriculture.

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