Call for expressions of interest: Chapter contribution to a new book

·October 20, 2016




Root and tuber crops are very important for domestic consumption and industrial use. The end uses of these crops make them an important component of a targeted strategy for improving food security at the national level and welfare of key actors in the value chain (producers, processors and traders) many of whom are poor women whose livelihoods depend on these crops.

Existing knowledge and academic literature on root and tuber crops in Ghana and their value chains are highly fragmented and scattered in different publications with barely any single book dedicated to all the four crops (cassava, yam, cocoyam and sweetpotato) in the country. The proposed book seeks to comprehensively consolidate major academic research and knowledge generated in the root and tuber industry to provide a holistic view of the current state-of-the-art in order to guide policy discourses and future research direction in the industry.

The DANIDA Root and Tuber Value Chain Project, therefore, invites researchers and academics to submit papers/chapters/sections for review and subsequent addition to the book.

Themes/focus areas:    

The themes or focus areas to be covered in book include, but are not limited to:

  • Breeding and Input Supply issues
  • Production, Soils and Agronomy issues
  • Processing and Value addition/Product Development issues
  • Storage and Marketing issues
  • Demand and Consumption issues
  • Value Chain issues (mapping, constraints, upgrading options, governance issues, etc.)
  • Business models and incubation, risks and financing issues
  • Cross-cutting issues (Gender roles, climate change, knowledge transfer/dissemination issues, policy initiatives and options, etc.)
  • Foodscape modeling, eco-design options and other Specific case studies

 Prospective Authors:

  • University Researchers and academics in (Ghana and abroad)
  • Researchers from National Research Institutes under CSIR (CRI, FRI, SARI, STEPRI, etc.)
  • Researchers from foreign and International research institutes (e.g. IITA,
  • PhD and Master’s students (Ghana and abroad)
  • Researchers, Practitioners and experts from other relevant national and international institutions (Ministry of Food and Agriculture, FAO, IFAD, etc.)

Time lines:

  • Deadline 1: Request for synopsis                                       30th November, 2016
  • Deadline 2: Review of synopsis                                         15th December, 2016
  • Deadline 3: Decision on synopsis                                       20th December, 2016
  • Deadline 4: Request for full contributions/manuscripts           5th January, 2017
  • Deadline 5: Review of manuscripts                                     25th January, 2017
  • Deadline 6: submission of Final versions                             15th February, 2017


How to submit synopsis:

Name(s), Institution(s) of affiliation, Contact details (email) and Synopsis of your idea or contribution (not exceeding ONE PAGE) should be sent to the following email addresses:


Please, use the subject “Expression of Interest: Root and Tuber Book” when sending your email.

For further information about this call, kindly refer to this link:  or call Stanley on (+233 262 368 585).

For detailed enquiries on the Danida Root and Tuber Value Chain Project, contact: