The Gratitude project works in four countries of Africa and Asia: Ghana, Nigeria, Thailand and Vietnam. Cassava and yams are important food security crops in much of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia because their presence in the cropping system increases the resilience of farmers in the face of climate change, drought, and fluctuations in the price of durable commodities.
Including both African and Asian partners in the consortium adds to the comprehensiveness of the project approach in that it enables the project to take a more holistic view of post-harvest losses within the context of global food security.
Mushroom production process in Ghana
Preparing the substrate
Mushrooms are grown from a growth material called 'substrate'. To create the substrate, cassava or yam peels are dried and then milled. Water, lime and rice bran, are added, and the substrate is mixed and heaped into a pile on the ground. It is then left to ferment for 28 days. The compost needs to be turned every 4 days for proper aeration and uniform composting.
Workshop held in Ghana to select best products from cassava waste
A workshop entitled "Selection of Best Bet Products" was held on Wednesday, 29th May 2013 at the CSIR-Food Research Institute, Accra, Ghana. The 'selection of best bet products' is an activity under the 'demonstration of technologies with beneficiaries' Work Package (WP6) of the EU FP7 project 'Gratitude'.
The Gratitude project investigates Gains from Losses of Roots and Tubers (Cassava and Yam) with special emphasis on developing useful products from waste (peels, liquid waste and pulp) in Ghana, Nigeria, Thailand and Vietnam.Read more ...