AfrII recently hosted partners on phase two of its Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA II) project on a 3 day’s project review and update visit trip. These included the CAVA II Nigeria team, the Project Director Professor Kolawole Adebayo and his communications assistant Halimat Badmus and the NRI team had Richard Lamboll and John Linton. The visit of August 14th-18th included a series of activities like a tour of the two flash dryer factories in Lira and Apac Districts as well as field visits to SME, CSE and CPGs as beneficiaries of the CAVA II project.
The country manager CAVA II Uganda Mr. Francis Alacho briefed the partners on the milestones CAVA II Uganda has achieved since its inception in March 2015. He said “So far, we have fully installed two flash dryers in Lango sub region. The project has also generated high interest from local investors. These newly embraced investors are being supported by the project in areas of processing cassava into HQCF. We are training them on among other things, quality standards of processing HQCF”
The CAVA II Project Director, Professor Kolawole Adebayo from FUNAAB, Nigeria in his remarks during a meeting held at the AfrII secretariat commended CAVA II Uganda on progress in the areas of value chain addition through promoting processing of cassava into HQCF by the SME’s, CPGs and other actors in this value chain.
Professor Kola also hinted on how far the project has come and said “The work we are doing all across Africa has been a very interesting journey. For many people, when we started they couldn’t believe that cassava could be what it is today. I’m particularly delightful that here in Uganda in addition to the interests that have been generated, people have actually committed their own resources as a proof of belief in what we are trying to do.”
He also spoke of the newly adopted technologies by the Ugandan investors “One can only hope that the dream we have will materialize quite soon, particularly with two new flash dryers being installed in the country with the brewing industry buying so much cassava for beer, with people in the other sectors like biscuit and bakeries, looking at cassava as a way to reduce their import deals. And so with such tremendous progress, I think the work we have been doing together has been very beneficial to individuals, investors, the country and to people whose livelihoods revolve around cassava.”
Meanwhile AfrII Chairman, also the CAVA II Uganda Technical Advisor, Professor G.W Otim-Nape commended the partners for their continued support towards CAVA II Uganda, which support he says has largely contributed to its ability to achieve its specific project targets.
The Cassava Adding Value for Africa Phase 2 (CAVA II) Project supports adding value and commercialization of cassava in Africa. The CAVA II project has successfully developed value chains for HQCF, by supporting investors to establish HQCF processing sites in Eastern, Northern and Central Uganda. The current investors include community processors, SMEs based on sun and solar drying. The project also facilitated processors to supply on contract arrangements of HQCF to end user industries such as rural bakeries, beer breweries and biscuit manufacturers who use it to make composite flour, beer and biscuits respectively.
In Uganda, CAVA II is being implemented in 18 districts of Pallisa, Kibuku, Budaka, Bukedea, Kumi, Soroti, Ngora, Serere, Dokolo, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Lira, Apac, Otuke Oyam, Kaberamaido, Kole and Alebtong. The project is also being implemented in 4 other African countries of Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, and Malawi.
CAVA II project beneficiaries include; Small holder farmers, Small and Medium enterprises, and selected projects working on cassava value chains, among others.