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Homegrown manufacturing equipment boosts cassava sales for African farmers

One of the ways CAVA2 supports smallholders is by offering farmers more ‘avenues for sales’ for their cassava roots. To ensure a smooth flow of roots from farm to product, CAVA2 works with SMEs to expand and develop processing capacity; a key issue is...

Giving credit to Kenya

For smallholder farmers in Kenya, drought-related climate risk and getting access to credit and insurance can be the make-or-break factors for agricultural productivity and economic security. According to the Kenyan Government, the four consecutive years of...

Monkey Malaria: is deforestation to blame for its transmission to humans?

Is malaria now able to jump effortlessly across the species divide? A new paper published in Scientific Reports on 16th September 2019, looks at possible causes for a strain of malaria recently detected in humans, which had previously only been...

Caught on Camera – the Wonder of Wetlands

To celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2nd February 2020, a special exhibition of photographs will go on display at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The photos will form part of a joint exhibition between two UKRI (United Kingdom Research and...

NRI awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize for smart and sustainable pest control

Innovative research on sustainable pest management by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich has been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

The apple of our eye - how sleeping beauties stay fresher for longer

Autumn is officially ‘apple season’ in the UK and during September and October, hundreds of thousands of delicious, nutritious ‘cookers and eaters’ will be harvested from trees in commercial orchards and home gardens. For any individual who has one or...

Brewing up success: CAVA2 combines quality, training and technology for farmers and industry

In the face of climate change, cassava is no longer considered just a ‘famine reserve’ crop, but a prime raw material for industry and a sustainable business for farmers. “When the brewery was looking for options, a contingency plan,” says Joseph...

CAVA2 adds new twist to classic dish, mixing farmers, business, and innovation

Across east Africa, a favoured staple is a mixture of cereal flour and water, cooked to make a versatile stiff porridge or dough that is eaten with a range of dishes. In Tanzania it’s known as ugali, and is normally made with maize meal. CAVA2 has...

From cassava seed, a diverse business grows

For Gilbert Okiror of Kapiri sub-county, Ngora District, eastern Uganda, it all began with cassava seed through CAVA2. For the uninitiated, cassava does have actual seeds, but they are very rare, as cassava is usually propagated vegetatively, by planting...
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