Gains from Losses of Roots and Tuber Crops Project (Gratitude) is a new European Union Framework 7 funded project with an aim to help find solutions that will reduce waste from post-harvest losses of root and tuber crops, focusing on cassava and yam, and turn waste into something of increased value. Technologies and systems developed and validated within this project will benefit small-holder farmers and small-medium enterprises.
This project is led by the Natural Resources Institute(NRI), University of Greenwich UK in collaboration with 15 other organizations from the Netherlands, Portugal, Nigeria, Ghana, Vietnam and Thailand. Launched in March 2012, this 3-year project values around €3.75 million, the majority from the EU Framework 7.
The work in Thailand will be conducted by a research team at Cassava and Starch Technology Research Unit, led by Dr. Kuakoon Piyachomkwan and Associate Prof. Klanarong Sriroth. The research subjects include 1) value-chain assessment for cassava 2) assessment of functional properties and new market development for High Quality Cassava Flour 3) technology development to improve utilization of waste (peel and pulp) and 4) technology demonstration. The technology demonstration will be performed in close collaboration with Northeastern Starch (1987) Co., Ltd., a Thai SME.
Posted on 30 April 2012