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Disease Control in Cassava Farms

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Type of Publication:
Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Health & Diseases
Type of Risk:
Biological & environmental
Type of Risk Managment Option:
Risk reduction/mitigation
Weston Msikita, Braima James, Emmanuel Nnodu, James Legg, Kerstin Wydra, Francis Ogbe
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

This booklet is one in a set of field guides prepared by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to increase the technical knowledge of extension agents and enhance the integration of plant protection and plant production practices in farmers’ efforts to grow a healthy crop of cassava. The booklet is based largely on the extension and farmer training experience of the regional project “Ecologically Sustainable Cassava Plant Protection” (ESCaPP), 1993–1997. ESCaPP was executed by IITA’s Plant Health Management Division (PHMD), in collaboration with national agricultural research and extension systems in Bénin, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria, and funded by the Division of Global and Interregional Programmes of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

This field guide has been prepared to help you to:
  • recognize common cassava diseases and specify their causes,
  • specify how the diseases damage cassava plants,
  • identify the sources of cassava diseases, and understand how cassava diseases spread, and
  • combine appropriate practices to control cassava diseases and grow a healthy crop of cassava.