The Cassava Lighthouse is an initiative led by the Foresight and Applied Economics (FAE) team and the Cassava Program of the Alliance of Bioversity International and the international Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) which seeks to compile and make available to the different key stakeholders in the cassava sector, relevant information and analysis of the crop to strengthen decision making. The platform summarizes historical information from several cassava (Manihot Esculenta) producing countries, including productivity, trade and competitiveness, policies and incentives, genetic improvement, and pests and diseases. It is also developing complementary sections that generate tools and analysis of interest to the sector. It has a special section on scientific studies related to the crop, which allows characterizing the volume of studies carried out and their global contribution, highlighting those developed by the Alliance.
The information displayed on the platform is built based on data provided through open-access primary and secondary information sources from different national and international organizations, which is why we highlight the importance and contribution of these organizations.
The Cassava Lighthouse is expected to become a lighthouse that attracts multi-stakeholders to avoid “not see the forest for the trees” and to advance research and strengthen crop economic systems.
In what context is this tool useful?
This tool is useful for all the stakeholders interested in Cassava. Particularly those who seek up-to-date information about the status of the crop to guide their decision-making or identify new research questions.
Economist and Project Manager based in Colombia, part of the Performance, Innovation, and Strategic Analysis for Impact (PISA4Impact) program of the Bioversity-CIAT Alliance.
Robert Andrade is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Foresight and Applied Economics Unit of the Alliance Bioversity-CIAT. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and was a Graduate Research Assistant jointly for the International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).