INTRODUCING IMPROVED CASSAVA PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES IN SOUTHERN TANZANIA
Between 1988 and 1993, a number of studies on the efficiency of cassava processing were carried out in a district of southern Tanzania. These studies were initiated in response to reports of acute intoxication due to the consumption of insufficiently processed cassava during a period of severe food shortage. Preliminary studies indicated that the normal sun-drying practice, requiring more than two weeks, was being short-cut in order to meet an immediate need for food. The practice of sun-drying was shown to be an inefficient method of reducing cyanogen levels, especially during periods of severe food shortage, and a need for improved technology was identified. Consequently, a project was initiated to devise a means of introducing and/or promoting efficient processing methods to the region. The development of a strategy for disseminating appropriate technologies is discussed in this paper.
Bainbridge, Z., Wellings, K., Poulter, Nigel H. and Mlingi, N. L.V. (1994). INTRODUCING IMPROVED CASSAVA PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES IN SOUTHERN TANZANIA. Acta Hortic. 375, 393-400
Food intoxication, efficiency of cyanogen removal, transfer of technology