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Cassava originated in the Amazon but is today at home across the tropics. It is a lifeline for millions of small farmers, especially in Africa, who rely on its dependable harvest of large, carbohydrate-rich roots. Meanwhile in Southeast Asia cassava is booming, with new varieties released regularly and new markets opening up for the crop’s high-grade starch. And the best news is yet to come: as climates change, heat-loving cassava is one of the few crops that is projected to perform even better. This will depend, however, on the different cassava regions continuing to share their diversity to overcome mounting disease and pest threats.