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Roots, Tubers and Plantains: Recent Trends in Production, Trade and Use

By Calpe, C.

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Title: Roots, Tubers and Plantains: Recent Trends in Production, Trade and Use  
Author: Calpe, C.
Language: English
Subject: United Nations., Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. FAO agriculture series, Agriculture
Collections: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Collection
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Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Digitizer: Fao


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Excerpt: Following the world food crisis in the early seventies, many countries invested in irrigation, agricultural research and fertilizer subsidies, which resulted in a strong growth in world cereal production. These factors, however, had few, if any, positive effects on the production of other staples such as roots, tuber and plantains (RTPs), which often continued to be considered as ?inferior foods?, being displaced from their more fertile lands by cereals. Furthermore, the expansion of the livestock and poultry sector in developing countries over the last two decades relied mainly on feed grain imports rather than on the exploitation of the potential of domestically produced RTPs for feed use. Section II of this paper reviews the changes in production, utilization and trade of RTPs over the last decade or so, and, because the scope of this Workshop is mainly to assess the potential for these products as feeds, special attention is placed on this aspects. Section III focuses on cassava, which unlike other RTPs, developed as an important feed ingredient traded internationally. The special conditions which made this development possible are examined.


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