FAO promoting cassava root as a food crop in Caribbean

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Cassava dishes prepared by Guyanese students at Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2013
FLASHBACK: Cassava dishes prepared by Guyanese students at Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2013

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, March 15, 2015—The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean is intensifying its promotion of the cassava root as a food crop in the region.

The FAO is using opportunities such as the recent Barbados Agrofest to dispel myths associated with the cassava, and to promote its wide-ranging health benefits and diversity in food use.

Cassava, which is often classified as either “sweet” or “bitter” depending on the levels of naturally-occurring quantities of cyanide within the root, is toxic if consumed raw, or if improperly prepared.

Read more at: Jamaica News

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