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Cassava transformation into “bread” in Africa

Reducing both hunger and high expenditure on food imports is a priority for most developing African countries. Countries that hitherto have relied heavily on food imports are seeking new approaches to increase the utilization of locally grown crops. This review uses the case of cassava to propose that scientific and technological innovations, supported by public…

The power of cassava in the plant-based movement

A steady reduction of conventional animal-based diets is already happening amid grave concerns about the negative impact of global warming. In comparison to animal-based diets, plant-based diets are associated with better utilisation of primary resources, producing fewer CO2 emissions in the course of their production and using less damaging environmental practices. However, obtaining a significant amount…

Chronic Exposure to Cyanogens in Cassava: Evidence from Zambezia Province, Mozambique

Introduction  In Mozambique the first cases of konzo were  identified in 1981 in an epidemic with more than 1100 cases in northern Nampula Province. Since then the disease has been both epidemic and endemic in Nampula and neighbouring Zambézia Province. Monitoring in Nampula has shown continued cyanide exposure from cassava in both patients with demonstrated konzo,…