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Starch World 2013 group picture at VedanPartners of the Gratitude EU-FP7 project participated in the Second Starch World conference held in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam from 21-23 January 2013, organised by the Centre for Management Technology (CMT).

The 2nd Starch World 2013 brought an expert panel of speakers from the starch industry to explore the following issues:

• In-depth report on global starch market and feedstocks scenario
• Competitiveness of starch sugar and cane sugar, comparing price dynamics with corn starch and sugar
• Cassava trade in Asia Including cassava starch and chips
• Potato starch production in Europe and expectations on supply for 2013
• Focus on cassava starch based production in Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and India
• Can corn be grown in the Southeast Asia region? Prospects for downstream processing into starch and value added applications
• Learning from Australia - Establishing a large-scale, fully-mechanized cassava plantation
• Starch for paper making and corrugated board systems

There were more than 100 participants at the conference, most from the starch industry or traders from North America, EU and Asia.

On behalf of Gratitude project, which is led by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK, the School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam partner gave a presentation at the conference entitled "New approaches for added value of cassava in Vietnam".

The presentation covered (i) Cassava production in Vietnam; (ii) New/modified processes for cassava-based products and (iii) Valorisation of cassava-based byproducts and value-added products.

Importantly, the presentation provided key information on value-chain assessment and management for cassava in Vietnam, and introduced the innovative approaches of the Gratitude project on 'alternative market development and adding value to waste products to reduce postharvest losses'.

SABMiller, an industrial partner to Gratitude also presented their interesting experience of turning cassava into beer in Africa. A number of industrial participants paid attention to this Gratitude presentation.