WHAT IS CWMP?
The Cassava Weed Management Project (CWMP) is working to develop innovative weed management practices for cassava. Nigeria grows over 50% of the world’s cassava with around 4.5 million farmers relying on it as a source of income. However, Nigeria has one of the lowest fresh root yields in the world, mainly as a result of hand weeding techniques that dramatically increase the total labour required to grow cassava. CWMP is researching a range of new weed control options for cassava to help improve livelihoods and increase food security for farmers across Nigeria.
WHAT ARE ITS AIMS?
The project has two main research aims:
- To help smallholder cassava growers achieve sustainable increases in their productivity and incomes through the development and adoption of improved weed control methods
- To develop improved and integrated approaches to weed management that reduce labour requirements and enhance the productivity of smallholders’ cassava farms in Nigeria
WHO IS DELIVERING CWMP?
- International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
- Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (UNAAB)
- National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI)
- University of Agriculture Makurdi
Dr Alfred Dixon
Project focus location(s): Nigeria