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The Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) Project has developed value chains for High Quality Cassava flour (HQCF) in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi to improve the livelihoods and incomes of at least 90,000 smallholder households as direct beneficiaries including women and disadvantaged groups. It will promote the use of HQCF as a versatile raw material for which diverse markets exist.

The project is led by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich working closely with: University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria; Food Research Institute, Ghana; Tanzania Food and Nutrition, Tanzania; Africa Innovations Institute, Uganda; and Chancellor College, University of Malawi and a range of other partners.

The project will focus on three key intervention points in the value chain:
  • ensuring a consistent supply of raw materials;
  • developing viable intermediaries acting as secondary processors or bulking agents in value chains; and
  • driving market demand and building market share (in, for example, bakery industry, components of traditional foods or plywood/paperboard applications).

Farmers and farmer/processors will be supported in production and primary processing activities through partnership with NGOs or other extension services. Business development and other specialists will support intermediaries to meet the requirements of end users. End users will be supported technically in adopting HQCF.

It is anticipated that incomes of smallholder households will increase significantly over the life of the project. There will be additional benefits including: employment at the village and intermediary level, reduced raw material costs for end users, reduced need to import wheat (particularly relevant with increasing prices), development of the capacity to upgrade other similar food ingredient value chains, and, where comparative advantage exists, exporting HQCF.

C:AVA is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Greenwich.