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.
CAARD provides assistance and support to cassava farmers within the Atebubu-Amantin, Pru and Sene districts in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, through the C:AVA project. Assistance ranges from technical support through to agronomic practices and the provision of cassava planting materials. The project has also improved access to markets for farmers, which has hitherto been a major challenge, and linked the farmers to small and medium scale processors.
For his prize, Mr Osei Kwadwo received a new bicycle, two cutlasses, a pair of wellington boots and a radio.
Mr. Osei Kwadwo still grows cassava today and enjoys a higher yield than many non-C:AVA farmers. He has become a trusted source of information on best practices for cassava cultivation in his community and has facilitated linkages to better markets through his contacts on the C:AVA project.