The overall goal is to improve the livelihoods of rural youth through agriculture and agriculture-based enterprises..
Cassava called Manihot esculenta (botanical name) is a popular crop of the roots and tubers. It is a perennial crop that grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Cassava was introduced to Africa in the mid-1550s from by the Portuguese and is today one of the staple foods in the country and other tropical Africa countries. Of all the continents in the world, Africa is the only one that largely depends on roots and tubers as a major food crop for feeding and this is the reason why root and tubers especially cassava is being grown in various tropical countries of Africa; where about 70% of the food crop is consumed and the remaining exported to other countries. It is the 3rd largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize and is capable of growing on marginal soils because of its drought-tolerant nature. It is not only rich in carbohydrates, but also contains calcium, vitamins B and C, and essential minerals, though nutrient compositions of the crop are dependent on the age of the harvested crop, soil conditions, climate, and other environmental factors during cultivation. Cassava is the most important root crop in Nigeria, apart from being a stable crop in both rural and urban households; cassava is a major source of income to cassava farmers and processors in the rural areas. It contributes about 45% of Agricultural GDP in Nigeria for food or domestic purpose but its industrial processing and utilization has been very limited. .
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