Disease resistance: Cassava production

Two cassava varieties with dual resistance to cassava brown streak disease and cassava mosaic disease have been released by CGIAR and Uganda’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organisation (NARO). With a yield potential of up to 55 t/ha, NARO says the new varieties are unrivalled compared to other types on the Ugandan market. NARO-CASS 1 and NARO-CASS 2 are suitable for cultivation in the mid-altitude areas of Africa where approximately 4 million ha are under cassava production. Up to 2.4 million farming households across the continent are estimated to benefit from the improved new varieties.  

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.