Below are some of the success stories from all five countries:
C:AVA Success Stories
C:AVA Tanzania transformed cassava farmers to HQCF processors and traders
CAVA has been implementing activities in Mtwara, Tanzania since 2009, and in that time cassava flour processed by community processing groups has found its way to the supermarkets in the capital, Dar Es Salaam, for the first time in history.
Cassava processing initiatives in Tanzania date back to 2003. 8 processing groups were recorded in 2004, and by 2010 this grew to 150. The cassava situation analysis carried out by the C:AVA project in January 2009 revealed that 72 groups (48%) of the existing groups were in Mtwara Region.Read more ...
Marketing training for villagers opens up new opportunities
C:AVA Malawi identified three village processing groups (VPGs) of CMRTE from Zomba, Old Maula from Nkhata Bay, Tiyamike Green Belt from Mulanje and four processing entrepreneurs from Nkhotakota to kick start the HQCF value chain in 2009. Each group received a grater powered by diesel engine and hydraulic press with 50 ton jack from C:AVA with the exception of four entrepreneurs from Nkhotakota who got their equipment from FAO that included a hammer mill.
None of the groups had processed HQCF until C:AVA conducted training on processing, quality management and end user trials. The groups started producing HQCF in August 2010 and by end of the dry season (processing season) in November, they had processed 18.6 tons.
A strategy was designed around empowering members of VPGs to market their HQCF to rural end users through providing training on marketing. All processing groups and entrepreneurs were invited to a marketing training workshop which was facilitated the C:AVA BDA.Read more ...
Mkombozi processing group comes alive
"We the Mkombozi Processing group recognise C:AVA project as our sole social and economic facilitator, C:AVA has been a mentor and a good link on our cassava processing activities. Now we can see some light in this economic path---". This was said to the Country manager and the Business Development Advisor in January, 2011 in a group discussion with the processing group. The question was how the group sees how it has progressed within the time of C:AVA project implementation.
Mkombozi processing group is located at Msijute village 16km from Mtwara town in southern Tanzania. The group was established in June 2009 with 20 active members, 60% being women. The group is one of C:AVA's 18 initial pilot groups in the Mtwara Region.
Before joining C:AVA the group had limited processing skills and no processing equipment. They were not focused on any crop specific agricultural extension services. With limited business skills, they did not know how to process high quality cassava flour (HQCF).
Women processors in Awowo
Women processors in Awowo, a quiet village community in Ewekoro LGA of Ogun State, once sold their wet fufu paste to local buyers that made fufu for local buka and restaurants in and around Ogun State. The C:AVA project trained the women how to make wet mash and cake, and then linked the Agbeloba Fufu Processing Group in Awowo with an entrepreneur. The entrepreneur was Ronuga's Foods in New Jersey, New York who was interested in shipping Nigerian foodstuff overseas.
The group was linked with an already identified SME (Peak Products Ltd) that specialises in converting fufu cake into dried flour using a flash dryer.
C:AVA project saves HQCF business in Nigeria
In 2007, with the end of President Obasanjo's administration in Nigeria, regular purchase of HQCF from cassava processors in the country came to an end. The sales of HQCF nose-dived and most of the SMEs were shut down. This was the situation until the C:AVA project came to Nigeria in 2010, bringing the sector alive again.
The C:AVA project in Nigeria conducted advocacy campaigns, and practical demonstrations of the use of HQCF in various products, and organised several stakeholder discussion forums to address the problem facing the cassava sub-sector in the country. This ignited a positive shift in the situation as some flour millers began to purchase HQCF again.Read more ...
The Vanakpor Farmers’ Association
A group of cassava farmers in Northern Ghana who were struggling to produce high enough yields to feed their family, have seen their farms flourish under the CAVA project.
The Vanakpor Farmers' Association, located at Dzolokpuita in the Ho municipality of the Volta Region, Ghana, has 15 members. Before the C:AVA intervention they were deeply rooted in traditional methods of farming, good agronomic practices were not observed, and planting of low-yielding local planting materials was the norm.
The Associates for Sustainable Rural Development (ASRuD), a rural development organisation in Ghana, began to support the group with help from C:AVA in 2009. The cassava farmers were given training in the business of cassava farming, and entrepreneurship development, and more women were encouraged to get involved. They were also trained in good agronomic practices, good farm management practices, and relationship building. They were then linked to input dealers and the HQCF processor 'Marbet Enterprise'.Read more ...
Mr Osei Kwadwo, CAARD
A smallholder farmer in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, Mr Osei Kwadwo, won the 'best cassava farmer' award for the farming season of 2009-2010, when his first cassava crop was harvested following C:AVA project interventions.
Mr Osei Kwadwo is the chairman for the Cassava Farmers and Processors group at Bompa and was the interim chairman for the micro-processors association on the CAARD/C:AVA project.Read more ...
Cassacoxa wins best processor award
Within two years of its association with the C:AVA project in Ghana, Cassacoxa Limited has become the proud winner of the Sunyani Municipality 'best processor award'.
Cassacoxa was identified by the C:AVA project in 2008 when owners of the company decided to invest in a cassava processing enterprise as their contribution to the development of the community. They created a market for the farmers who faced challenges accessing reliable markets for their produce.Read more ...
Mr Adonne Chisi, entrepreneurial enthusiasm
A couple of years ago farmers from the village of Nkhotakota in Malawi were struggling to make a living from growing cassava, and previous interventions were not suitable to their needs. This also left the processors of cassava based products disillusioned and disgruntled.
When the C:AVA Project started working with the group at the end of 2009, the entrepreneurs were able to start processing seriously. C:AVA's approach was radically different in that the focus was on rural markets, rather than the 'big city' manufacturers. C:AVA emphasised to the processors that the market for HQCF is with rural bakers and manadazi makers who use wheat flour.Read more ...