Cassava eyed for boosting Cambodia’s economy, poverty reduction: UN study

Cassava, the second largest agricultural crop in Cambodia after rice, could have substantially social and economic gains if it receives the right level of public commitment and investment, said a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s study released on Friday.

Cassava is both an important export commodity and an input to several industrial processes, the study said, adding that its development offers both output gains and structural benefits to Cambodia’s economy.

The study, titled Making the Case for Investment in Cassava, suggested that compared with other sectors, the returns to an investment program of 294 million U.S. dollars in the cassava sector would outpace livestock and food and tourism sectors.

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