Socio-economic research in the Indo-Swiss Cassava Biotechnology Research Network

Analysing the cassava planting material and cropping system in the cassava production areas in Tamil Nadu, and the value chain of the derived products, including the variety preferences for quality, performance, starch content, taste.


  • Lead department School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Institute Resource-efficient agricultural production systems
  • Research unit International Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.11.2014 - 31.12.2019
  • Project management Alessandra Giuliani
  • Head of project Alessandra Giuliani
  • Keywords Cassava, Production, Tamil Nadu, India, adoption of cassava introduced varieties


The aim of the project is to support a biotech research aiming at developing new cassava varieties resistant to CMD/whitefly, by socio-economic investigation on aspects relevant to technology transfer, product development, public acceptance, adoption by end users.

Course of action

The project consists in a socio-economic investigation on aspects relevant to adoption and acceptance of cassava new varieties, CMD/Whitefly resistant (genetically modified or not). The research addresses the cassava planting material system, the importance of cassava in the cropping system and in the farmers' income generation/food security in the cassava production areas in Tamil Nadu, as well as the value chain development of derived products and stakeholders' interaction.