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MINISTRY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE GHANA

A CASE STUDY OF CASSAVA DEVELOPMENT IN GHANA

SUBMITTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT (IFAD), ROME, ITALY

18 April 1997

 

Contents

Preface

Background

Terms of Reference

Executive Summary

1 Evolution of cassava development in Ghana

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Importance of cassava in Ghana

1.3 Factors that influenced the course of cassava evolution in Ghana

1.3.1 Crop related factors

1.3.1.1 Farmers' local varieties

1.3.1.2 Farmers' cropping systems

1.3.1.3 Development of improved varieties

1.3.1.4 Biological control of cassava pests and introductions of improved varieties from IITA

1.3.1.5 Mechanization trials

1.3.1.6 Fertilizer trials

1.3.1.7 The National Root and Tuber Crops Improvement Project

1.3.1.8 The National Agricultural Research Project

1.3.2 Post Harvest Issues

1.3.2.1 Processing

1.3.2.2 Utilization

1.3.2.3 Interventions for processing

1.3.3 Socio-economic policy evolution and interventions

1.3.3.1 Development strategies and policy changes

1.3.3.1.1 Immediate post independence period

1.3.3.1.2 Five-Year Development Plan

1.3.3.1.3 Economic Recovery Programme and Structural Adjustment Programme

2 Evaluation of interventions

2.1 Policy

2.2 Adoption of technology

2.2.1 Improved variety

2.2.2 Crop production

2.2.3 Agronomic practices

2.2.4 Biological control

2.2.5 Mechanization

2.3 Post Harvest Issues

2.3.1 Processing

2.3.2 Utilization

2.3.3 Marketing

2.4 Impact on equity including gender

2.5 Impact on the environment

2.6 Impact on institutional development

2.7 Socio-economic impact

2.7.1 Constraints to further development of cassava

3 Lessons learned from past experiences

4 A synthesis of the implications for future strategy for cassava development in Ghana

4.1 Production

4.1.1 Planting material

4.1.2 Research and extension

4.1.3 Harvesting

4.2 Potential for commercial and industrial utilization of cassava

4.2.1 Processing

4.2.2 Cassava chips

4.2.3 Cassava-based flours for bakery and industrial use

4.2.4 Cassava pellets

4.2.5 Cassava starch

4.3 Constraints to market development and expansion

5 References

Appendices

 

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