Highlights from the forum

CTA in central Africa

Final recommendations and procedure for the finalisation of the road map

  • Central Africa

The Regional Forum on Cassava in Central Africa – Challenges and opportunities for smallholders ended on Friday 9 December 2016. Here are the Forum’s final recommendations as well as the description of the finalisation procedure for a road map.

Themes covered

1. Public policies and links with agribusiness
2. Inter-professional platforms and dynamics
3. Nutrition
4. Youth integration
5. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
6. Research and extension

Specific initiatives

• Leaders for Development
• Experience of the DADTCO company
• 'Grow Africa' pan-African initiative for the implementation of national Cassava platforms
• National and regional projects (PIDMA, C2D, FAO, FIDA, etc)

1. Public policies and links with agribusiness

• Make research findings and innovative technologies more accessible
• Encourage the implementation of inter-professional frameworks
• Promote the development of PPPs
• Customs measures and tax incentives for artisanal, semi-industrial and industrial processing
• Investments in infrastructure
• Implementation of insurance and adapted financing systems
• Encourage the development of quality standards
• Lead awareness campaigns for urban consumers to promote the image of Cassava-based products

2. Inter-professional platforms and dynamics

• Launch a consultation and consolidation procedure between the different ongoing dynamics, particularly at existing school level – focus on women and young people
• Adopt a common methodical strategy to facilitate the development of a shared vision and of appropriate strategic plans
• Focus on tackling the issue of the sustainable financing mechanism
• Produce a capacity-building plan for members of different organisations involved in the ongoing inter-professional dynamics

3. Nutrition

• All strategies must place emphasis on women in artisanal/cooperative processing – focus on fortified Cassava products
• Promote simple and practical innovative solutions which allow quality and health standards to be adhered to
• Support the sharing of research findings involving bio-fortified Cassava and fortified Cassava based products

4. Youth integration

• Reinforce the links between youths and key actors in the agricultural value chain, such as Women's' Colleges (PROPAC), research institutions etc
• Develop innovative mechanisms for access to finance as well as land
• Increase entrepreneurship training (professional agricultural training and entrepreneurial training), in particular accounts and finance management and issues involving intellectual property in the Cassava sector
• Improve the rural environment to encourage youths to invest in it and to reduce migration and the rural exodus
• Organise and reinforce youth cooperatives and their inclusion in existing cooperatives, especially in the processing sector
• Support strategies aiming to improve the image of farming to attract more young people
• Train young people in the use of ICTs for better access to markets and the Cassava trade
• Develop or reinforce experience-sharing platforms in the Cassava sector, especially for the benefit of young people; facilitate exchange trips
• Facilitate the creation of businesses and youth-run agricultural start-ups in the Cassava sector
• Facilitate the development of ICT applications and start-ups offering general agricultural services, in particular for Cassava

5. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

• Facilitate access to agricultural information to actors, implementing IT tools appropriate to each of their respective chain categories (from radios to tools linked to satellites or drones), including through several freephone numbers/hotlines and ICT communication centres
• Encourage the use of community radios to share technical agricultural information between actors in the Cassava value chain
• Implement/reinforce information and knowledge-sharing systems in the Cassava sector, integrating ICTs or increasing the availability of information and best practices on ICT platforms (mobile, web etc)
• Improve the Cassava chain actors' ICT skills – including women and young people
• Lobby for greater access to ICT, at an affordable cost, for actors in the Cassava sector, in particular in rural areas
• Promote ICTs that use solar energy

6. Research and extension

• Develop a dispersal strategy for improved seeds
• Improve access to practical information and research findings for smallholders
  o Focus on disease and pest management
• Organise training sessions at national and regional level on issues identifying different varieties
• Draw up policies and strategies aiming to reduce diseases by favouring simple, low-cost approaches for smallholders

Leaders for Development

• Implement a consultation and exchange framework between the leaders
• Establish a map of quality products
• Define a contract negotiation framework – price, quality
• Lead market studies, closely analysing consumer needs
• Look at the feasibility of implementing tracking systems for 3 or 4 key products
• Take charge of communication and marketing to promote products and local recipes

Next steps

• Finalising the road map project by the 30th January, incorporating all the information about the projects and activities for better coordination and synergy
• At the behest of S.E Ms Koyara of the RCA:
   o Establishing an ad hoc Committee for the follow-up of the road map's recommendations: CAR (S.E Ms Koyara), PROPAC (Ms Atangana), CTA (Mr Fautrel), FAO (Mr Djagoudi), FIDA (Mr Hien), Nestlé (Mr Eba), PIDMA (Mr Ngue Bissa)
   o Organising the 2nd Cassava Forum in Bangui in December 2018

Download the final recommendations in PDF format (only available in French)

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