Commodity Value Chains Programme

Through this programme, AfrII works with key actors across prioritized commodities to address key constraints at both the supply and demand side of the value chain; support value addition; and enhance participation by smallholder farmers and SMEs and commercial firms in the value chains; and in commercialization of commodities. The projects AfrII implements under this programme are:

  1. Cassava Adding Value for Africa (CAVA)

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA) project supports adding value and commercialization of cassava in Africa. The CAVA Project was implemented from 2008/9 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 8,000 smallholder farmers as direct beneficiaries including women and disadvantaged groups. The CAVA project successfully piloted development of value chains for HQCF, by supporting farmer processors to establish HQCF processing sites and to process HQCF in Eastern and Northern and Central Uganda; facilitated 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.

The project also supported a partnership with the end user industries and worked with them to develop alternative products using high quality cassava Flour (HQCF). It also supported and worked with smallholder farmers to improve production and to supply own cassava roots and process them into HQCF. The project is implemented countrywide with specific focus in the districts of Bukedi, Teso, Lango regions. Specifically the districts are Kibuku, Pallisa, Budaka, Bukedea, Kumi, Soroti, Serere, Ngora, Oyam, Kole and Lira. The CAVA phase 1 project successfully ended on 31st March 2014 and was succeeded by phase 2-  CAVA II.

         CAVA Phase Two  (CAVA II)

The CAVA Phase 2 aims at commercializing cassava for industrial use and developing markets through promoting the use of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) as a versatile raw material/intermediary product for carbohydrate-based and starch-based products for commercial application by end user industries including bakeries, biscuit manufacturers, breweries, paper-board, animal feed, food industries, composite flour millers, starch and others.

AfrII through the CAVA II Project works to support smallholder farmers kick start micro-enterprises along the HQCF value chain; exploit options for industrial application of cassava and cassava products, and address challenges that limit cassava value chains reaching their full economic potential.

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 smallholder farmers to processors. The key focus areas are to: (1) increase fresh roots yields and productivity of smallholder farmers (SHFs) cassava production; (2) develop and continuously expand 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) expand cassava products options, and market opportunities for processed high quality cassava flour and other similar products.

Download the CAVA II project fact sheet here: CAVA II-Project-Fact-Sheet

  1. Cassava Growth Markets

The Cassava Growth Markets project (CassavaGMarkets) aims at improving the livelihoods of smallholder cassava farmers through enabling them access better growth markets for their products. It is a four-year project that conducts research to generate knowledge and technologies to support the Cassava Adding Value for Africa Project (CAVA) interventions. The project is led by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich in UK, and is implemented in Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi by the Africa Innovations Institute (AfrII), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), the Food Research Institute of Ghana, the Food and Nutrition Centre and Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute, and Chancellor College of the University of Malawi respectively. The target beneficiaries of the project are smallholder cassava farmers; processors; end users and employees of processing enterprises; and scientists in beneficiary countries.

  1. ACET- Uganda Cassava Study

AfrII was contracted by the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) to undertake this study. The overall objective of the study was to find how to increase cassava smallholder productivity and to improve post-production value (storage, processing, and market access) in order to improve the incomes and food security of smallholders in Uganda. It also aimed to increase agriculture’s contribution to an overall economic transformation that reduces poverty in the whole country. This was done by looking at Cassava and their products in Uganda from the point of view of: (a) increasing productivity on-farm; and (b) increasing value-capture or value-addition along the product value chain (both on-farm and off- farm).

  1. Agricultural Technology Transfer Cassava Value Chain Project (AgriTT)

This 3year project funded by DFID-UK through DFID-China and implemented by AfrII, MAAIF, Makerere University and NaCRRI aims to work with 40 farmer groups in 4 districts of Kiryadongo, Masindi, Buliisa and Hoima to utilize new technologies from China to grow and process cassava in Uganda. It is guided by MAAIF Development Strategy and Investment Plan (MAAIF/DSIP). DSIP provides policy guidance, introduces programs and projects that the population should engage in to get out of poverty. It is part of the commodity Value Chain Approach which seeks to build value chains for food commodities including cassava. Commodity approach enables government to know quantities of the commodity produced, export earnings, contribution to food security and economic development.

  1. Commercializing Quality Cassava Planting Material Delivery System in Uganda Project (CSS)

This project funded by the BMGF aims to improve food security, increase profits and timely access to disease-free cassava planting material by small-scale farmers’ resident in cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic disease (CMD) affected areas of Uganda.

AfrII in partnership with the National Crops Resources Research Institute, NaCRRI-Namulonge and other partners implemented the CSS Project whose aim was to establish cassava planting material multiplication fields in Lira, Soroti/Amuria, Nakasongola/Nakaseke, Arua, Kabarole and Mukono areas to improve farmers’ access to high quality certified cassava planting materials of improved cassava varieties (NASE 14, NASE 19 and NAROCASS 1), which are high yielding and disease tolerant.

The project was conducted across the Central, Eastern and Northern regions of Uganda, specifically in the three sub regions of Soroti, Nakasongola and Lira targeting Cassava Seed Entrepreneurs from these selected districts.

The CSS Project has successfully run for four years from 2014 to 2017 with specific objectives to;

  • Enhance production of cassava pre-basic and basic seeds
  • Operationalize quality assurance of cassava planting material production
  • Commercialize production and distribution of certified cassava planting material
  • Determine the economics of the cassava seed system
  • Assess the rate and magnitude of degeneration of improved cassava due to virus infection

It is recognized that quality seeds can boost agricultural production by over 40%.

  1. Stabilizing Sesame Yields and Production in the Lango region, Northern Uganda (Sesame Project)

Implemented under a consortium led by the Africa Innovations institute, the project aims to stabilize and improve sesame productivity in the face of climate change impacts in the Lango region of Uganda with specific objectives to:

  • Understand the main challenges caused by the impact of climate change on sesame production in the Lango region
  • Develop and promote climate smart sesame innovations to increase and stabilize yields in the Lango region,
  • Manage and share knowledge on climate smart sesame production with wider stakeholders.
  1. Enhancing Rice Markets in Uganda through Micronutrient Fertilization (ENRICH Project)

Funded by the Government of the Netherlands and implemented by AfrII, the project aims to increase food security and incomes of smallholder farmers producing lowland rice with the main objective to significantly increase the productivity of lowland rice in Eastern and Northern Uganda.

The project aims at developing smart fertilizer technologies and innovations that will enhance production and commercialization of rice by smallholders for achieving food security and agricultural commercialization in Uganda. This Project identifies and integrates science based innovative smartfert strategies and agronomic practices to lift rice yields through intense stakeholder involvement. The project objectives are to;

  • Understand the current situation and rice fertility challenges in the region.
  • Evaluate and identify the appropriate composition and mode of application of micronutrients (smartFert) for optimum yield of lowland rice.
  • Integrate and out-scale smartFert into ongoing development programs and production practices, and support institutional and research capacity for rice sector development.
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