Delicious cassava recipes improve family nutrition

| February 16, 2015

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Cassava is one of the most important staple crops in many parts of Africa. But in Zambia, cassava is grown mostly in the Luapula and Northern Provinces, while maize is the staple in most other areas.

Cassava has several advantages over maize. It is very easy to grow and requires very little labour. It grows well in many different types of soils and even tolerates poor rainfall. Farmers have no storage problems with cassava because they can leave tubers in the field until they want to eat or sell the crop.

For many years, the government of Zambia has promoted cassava in areas where it was not a staple food. But adoption of the crop has been slow. Several studies have shown that people do not embrace cassava because they have little information on ways to cook and eat it. In response, this script presents a number of delicious and easy-to-cook cassava recipes.