Cassava Mechanisation and Agro- Processing Project

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Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is an important food crop both for urban and rural consumers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cassava is a basic staple food in Nigeria, Mozambique, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Malawi, and Tanzania. Recently, cassava has increasingly gained importance as a cash crop for smallholder farmers in the region.  Africa is the largest cassava producing region in the world.  About 93 percent of the produce is consumed as food (in contrast to Latin America and Asia where less than half is utilised for food consumption). Millions of African farmers grow cassava mainly for home consumption and the local markets. The competitiveness of African cassava manufactured products at the world market is low because the crop is produced and processed for subsistence and not for commercial use. Public sector efforts to commercialise cassava have also not been effective.

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