Empowering Women Farmers
Most farmers in Africa are women; women farmers produce more than 75% of the region's basic foodstuffs. Cassava roots, the staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa, decay within 3 days following harvest. The limited storage life of cassava restricts cassava farmers to subsistence farming since the roots cannot be taken to market and sold before they rot.
Extending the shelf life of cassava to several weeks would reduce financial losses in Nigeria alone by $2.9 Billion over a 20-year period, primarily benefiting women farmers.
NMC researcher Tawanda Zidenga's research has resulted in extending the shelf life of Cassava from 3 to 14 days.