“If not cassava, many of us would have died of hunger… But thank God, cassava was handy to save the situation.”

Those were the words of Julius Kpenkpen, one of the farmers who is participating in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture led Cassava Weed Management Project.

Kpenkpen’s farm is located in the Benue State, North Central Nigeria—a zone that is often described as the food basket of the nation. Last year, he harvested some of his cassava, and with the help of his wife processed to gari for sale and household consumption.
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