An important outcome of the WAAPP NCoS on roots & tubers came from its engineering research and the introduction of the mechanical cassava harvester. The goal for developing this machine was to reduce the drudgery of women farmers whose task includes the harvesting and processing of cassava. The new harvester could also be adapted to industrial cassava harvesting. Although this machine had not been commercialized, it had been tested in 90 farms in Ghana by 2013, and it shows great potential in changing the status quo on cassava production.
Test results indicate that this machine functions excellently during the dry season when soils are much firmer, than during the wet season when soils are loose. These indicate the need to include this feature as enhanced refining of the machine proceeds. However, Côte d’Ivoire WAAPP had expressed interesting in adapting the machine to their cassava production.