Guiding farmers to safer use of pesticides

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It’s hard to overstate the importance of root, tuber, and banana (RTB crops) for smallholder farmers in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Thousands of farming households here depend on orange-fleshed sweetpotato, yellow cassava, east African cooking banana and table potato for their daily meals. These families also rely on the cash generated from the sale of surplus RTB crops to cover home expenses, often including school fees and medical care.

Despite the prominent role RTB crops play in the livelihoods of farmers in the region, their production is constrained by numerous pests and diseases that can hamper yields and cause significant postharvest losses. The African sweetpotato weevil and diseases such as potato late blight, cassava mosaic disease, and banana Xanthomonas wilt place high pressure on crop health and yields and are spreading to new areas with changing climatic condition.

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Description
This article presents the results from a large-scale survey conducted among farming households in Burundi and Rwanda, painting a detailed picture of how farmers are managing the pests and diseases affecting their root, tuber and banana crops.

Client
CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas

Service
Blog writing

Date
August 2019

Guiding farmers to safer use of pesticides

Image

It’s hard to overstate the importance of root, tuber, and banana (RTB crops) for smallholder farmers in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Thousands of farming households here depend on orange-fleshed sweetpotato, yellow cassava, east African cooking banana and table potato for their daily meals. These families also rely on the cash generated from the sale of surplus RTB crops to cover home expenses, often including school fees and medical care.

Despite the prominent role RTB crops play in the livelihoods of farmers in the region, their production is constrained by numerous pests and diseases that can hamper yields and cause significant postharvest losses. The African sweetpotato weevil and diseases such as potato late blight, cassava mosaic disease, and banana Xanthomonas wilt place high pressure on crop health and yields and are spreading to new areas with changing climatic condition.

Read blog

Description
This article presents the results from a large-scale survey conducted among farming households in Burundi and Rwanda, painting a detailed picture of how farmers are managing the pests and diseases affecting their root, tuber and banana crops.

Client
CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas

Service
Blog writing

Date
August 2019