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When, Where and How will Tropical Root and Tuber Crops Lead the Next Agri-Food Revolution

Tropical roots and tubers (cassava, potato, sweet potato, yams and aroids) are collectively the third most important food crops in the world (800 million MT) after sugarcane (1874 million MT) and maize (974 million MT) by production. These crops play important roles in the livelihoods of hundreds of millions in the tropics making significant contribution for income generation, sustainable development and household food security. Their flexibility in cultivation in varied agro-ecologies under mixed farming system contributes to the versatility of the crops.  Also, root and tuber crops are important source of animal feed and industrial products.