Global Cassava Partnership holds world press conference, exhibition in Lagos


The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st (GCP21) century will on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 hold a world press conference to announce the fourth International Cassava Conference, billed to take place in Cotonou, Benin Republic from June 11-15, 2018.

Part of the press conference, to be held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Guest House, Ikeja, Lagos, will be exhibition of cassava products including cassava bread, cassava ethanol, cassava snacks, cassava flour, cassava starch, which is used for pharmaceutical products; and traditional products, such as cassava fufu, and yellow gari, among others.

The press conference and exhibition, which form part of activities earmarked to raise awareness on the potential of the root crop, which many term as ‘Africa’s white gold’, will have in attendance Dr. Claude Fauquet, Director of the GCP 21; Malachy Akoroda, Director designate; Peter Kulakow, Cassava Breeder with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture; and Godwin Atser, Conference Communication Coordinator.

Founded in 2003, GCP21 is a not-for-profit international alliance of 45 organisations and coordinated by Claude Fauquet and Joe Tohme of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). It aims to fill gaps in cassava research and development to unlock the potential of cassava for food security and wealth creation for poor farmers.

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