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'.
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.
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.