There are three main elements to the value chain.
1. Farmer/Farmer Processor
Activities at the farmer/farmer processor level deal with the production and primary processing of cassava. Exact activities and the support that they require will vary by country and by location within country. Priorities will include ensuring a competitively priced supply of fresh cassava, supporting, where appropriate, farmer/processor group formation and the production of a semi-processed product.
In some locations this semi-processed product could be dried cassava grits prepared from dried, grated cassava. Elsewhere, it could involve the processing of grated, pressed fresh cassava that is supplied to larger scale drying operations.
2. Intermediary Processors and Bulking Agents
The project is specifically working with and supporting intermediary processors and bulking agents that play an important role in linking small-scale processors with end-use industries. These intermediary processors may be involved in drying, milling and packaging of HQCF.
3. End-use Industries
There are many potential end-use industries whose confidence in using high-quality cassava flour is being built through the implementation of this project. These end users include milling industries incorporating HQCF in wheat flour, food processing operations making composite flours, and the plywood and paperboard industries. The types of inputs to different parts of the value chain and the benefits obtained are summarised in the diagram below.