Cassava Adding Value for Africa Project (CAVA)

Donor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through NRI, University of Greenwich, UK

Duration: 2008/9-2014-(Phase One), 2015-2019- (Phase Two)

Introduction. The CAVA I Project has been implemented since 2008/9. Phase one lasted up to 31 March 2014. The project aimed at developing value chains for High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) in Uganda so as to improve the livelihoods and incomes of at least 18,000 smallholder farmers as direct beneficiaries including women and disadvantaged groups.

The CAVA Phase One successfully piloted development of value chains for HQCF by

(1) supporting and working with smallholder farmers to improve production and to supply own cassava roots and process them into HQCF;

(2) supporting farmer processors to establish HQCF processing units and to process HQCF in Eastern, Northern and Central Uganda;

(3) facilitating processors to supply, on contract arrangements, 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;

(4) supporting a partnership with the end user industries and working with them to develop alternative products using HQCF.  The project is implemented countrywide with specific focus in the districts of Bukedi, Teso, and Lango regions.

The CAVA phase 1 was succeeded by phase 2-  CAVA II.

The overall CAVA II project objective is to create by 2019, an annual demand for 69,030 tons of fresh cassava roots (FCR) to be supplied by over 23,010 beneficiary smallholder farmers to processors cumulatively by end of the project. The key focus areas are (1) ensuring a consistent supply of raw materials by increasing fresh roots yields and productivity of Small Holder Farmers (SHFs) cassava production; (2) developing viable intermediaries acting as secondary processors or bulking agents in value chains and through continuously expanding cassava processing capacity of Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs (SMEs) and Community-based Processing Groups (CPGs) using sun drying, solar drying and flash drying technologies; (3) driving market demand and building market share through expanding cassava products options, and market opportunities for processed HQCF and other similar products (in, for example, bakery industry, components of traditional foods or plywood/paperboard applications). In addition, the project developed or strengthened the capacity of local institutions along the value chain.  Capacity building was also done in the areas of equipment fabrication and repair, business development, market and linkages and product development using HQCF. It also supported at least two SME processors to upgrade into Flash drying technology from Nigeria.

The Institute has successfully implemented the CAVA project with considerable success and impacts in Uganda. Studies by the AfrII CAVA and AgriTT projects in 2013 and 2017 (Kirya et al, 2012; Graffham et al, 2017), showed that the project had developed high market demands for HQCF:  estimated at 8,600, 14,700, 31,900 and 60,400 metric tons per annum respectively in the current, short-term, medium-term and long-term periods. By 2017, it had enabled about 20,531 smallholder farmers to produce Fresh Cassava Roots (FCRs) for sale to processors, earning the farmers approximately USD 5,579,076 over the periods. An estimated 32,834 tons of HQCF or about USD 9,524,612 were processed and sold by 150 SMEs and 80 CPGs in Eastern, Northern and Central Uganda.  This has positioned HQCF as a viable cost effective partial substitute for a range of products.

AfrII is now considered a One- Stop-Centre and service provider in areas that support cassava commercialization and industrialization especially in areas of processing, quality control and market development and linkages.

CAVA II Fact sheet

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