Cassava production in Ghana faces various challenges, including:
Pests and diseases: Cassava is prone to pests and diseases such as the cassava mosaic virus, cassava bacterial blight, and cassava green mite, which can cause significant yield losses.
Lack of improved varieties: The majority of cassava varieties cultivated in Ghana are low yielding and susceptible to pests and diseases, which limits productivity.
Post-harvest losses: Poor post-harvest handling and storage practices lead to significant losses in cassava yield, particularly due to rotting and pest damage.
Inadequate access to credit and markets: Many cassava farmers in Ghana face challenges accessing credit and reliable markets for their produce, limiting their ability to expand production and generate income.
Climate change: Climate change-related issues such as unpredictable rainfall patterns, drought, and floods are significant challenges that affect cassava production in Ghana.