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CAVA Project Would Raise Income Of Smallholder Farmers – Country Manager

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase,


Country Manager “Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA)”, Professor Lateef Sanni, says the project seeks to increase the income of smallholder farmers and community processors through participation in profitable and sustainable value-added casava chains.

Speaking at the Regional Food Safety and Nutrition Training Workshop in the United Kingdom, he noted that the project is facilitating investments in the cassava processing sector in five African countries which include, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.

Professor Sanni who is also the President, International Society for Root Crops, Africa Branch disclosed the essence of ‘fufu’ drying, stating that fermented cassava product in wet form is highly perishable.

He said the organic acids produced during fermentation remained the sources of the odour in ‘fufu’, causing a reduction in acidity and increased Potential for Hydrogen (PH) values.

He further explained that study showed the adequacy of controlled drying, as a good method of reducing the suspected volatile components responsible for the offensive odour in ‘fufu’, stressing that the sensory acceptability of dried and wet ‘fufu’ were conducted in which significant differences were observed.

Professor Sanni highlighted other benefits to include increase in farmer income and employment opportunities, adding that intermediaries such as the private sector would enjoy the benefits of more business opportunities with area in ‘fufu’ flour.

He stated further that the end-users would get increased profitability and lower consumer prices, while nationally; it would provide a platform for reduced imports.