A project launch workshop was hosted on 16 June 2008 at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. The aim of the workshop was to inform key stakeholders about the project and initial activities. A project overview was presented by Andrew Westby, Project Director, and a detailed work programme for the formative studies was presented by the Country Manager, Lateef Sanni.
Goodwill messages and statements of key issues to be considered by the project were made by: the National Vice President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, national President of All Nigeria Cassava Processors and Markers Association, Director-General of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Representatives of Ogun and Ondo States Agricultural Development Programmes and representatives of end user industries including Dangote Flours Nigeria PLC, UAC Foods PLC and Nestle Nigeria PLC.
There then followed a question and answer session for stakeholders to seek clarifications and raise key issues. The workshop was attended by over 200 participants from the private sector, public sector, farmers groups and NGOs. Over the next two months the project team will be carry out a value chain analysis, scoping and gender studies that will inform a more detailed country strategy.