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Cassava crisis in Côte d’Ivoire : The CSRS, together with its partners, is looking into this problem!

Intensify production systems, update crop calendars, reduce post-harvest losses and promote new varieties of cassava. These are the avenues of solutions proposed following the workshop initiated by the CSRS involving most of its partners. To cope with the shortage of cassava that Côte d'Ivoire has been experiencing since February 2016. They identified these different solutions during a workshop held this Friday, July 08, 2016 at the room Norbert Béhi of CSRS under the chairmanship of Dr Daouda Dao, Director of Resources and Valorisation at CSRS, representing the Managing Director. To the abovementioned solutions is added the diversification of the cassava production in order to have a specific cassava for each derivative in this case "the Yavo for the attiéké, the Olenganga-Sika for the placali, the Broni for the" Starch and so on. By this approach we will lead to a specialization of demand and thus a reduction in the pressure on demand for the production of the attiéké ". "All these actions can only be carried out with the provision of funds to researchers and institutions to test and validate sustainable production and marketing systems," says Dr Hgaza Valéry, CSRS associate researcher.

The causes of the shortage
According to Dr. Aka Solange, CSRS associate researcher, the causes are many and add "Today cassava is used to make attiéké, placali, starch, bread flour, paper and Many other products. It is therefore no longer sufficient to produce Attiéké; One of its main derivatives and a highly prized dish ". She goes on to say that "cash crops such as hevea have been privileged to the detriment of cassava. But in addition the few regions that still cultivate (center of the country) are sometimes inaccessible. Hence the high cost of transporting the tonne, "said Dr. Solange Aka, CSRS associate researcher. It should be noted that 9 institutions in addition to the Ministry of Industry, the Minitry of Agriculture and rural development and the District of Abidjan participated in this workshop. These are ANADER, FIRCA, SODEXAM, CODINORM, Chamber of Commerce, I2T, CIRES, NESTLE and OIPI.

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