Peeling and Washing Cassava on Josma Agro Ind. Ltd. Mampong, Ghana

Final recommendations and procedure for the finalisation of the road map

Peeling and Washing Cassava on Josma Agro Ind. Ltd. Mampong, Ghana

Nana Kofi Acquah/IFAD

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 Updated on Sunday, 15 April 2018

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

Specific initiativesLeaders for DevelopmentExperience 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 agribusinessMake research findings and innovative technologies more accessibleEncourage the implementation of inter-professional frameworksPromote the development of PPPsCustoms measures and tax incentives for artisanal, semi-industrial and industrial processingInvestments in infrastructureImplementation of insurance and adapted financing systemsEncourage the development of quality standardsLead awareness campaigns for urban consumers to promote the image of Cassava-based products
2. Inter-professional platforms and dynamicsLaunch a consultation and consolidation procedure between the different ongoing dynamics, particularly at existing school level – focus on women and young peopleAdopt a common methodical strategy to facilitate the development of a shared vision and of appropriate strategic planFocus 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 dynamics3. NutritionAll strategies must place emphasis on women in artisanal/cooperative processing – focus on fortified Cassava productsPromote simple and practical innovative solutions which allow quality and health standards to be adhered toSupport the sharing of research findings involving bio-fortified Cassava and fortified Cassava based products
4. Youth integrationReinforce the links between youths and key actors in the agricultural value chain, such as Women's' Colleges (PROPAC), research institutions etcDevelop innovative mechanisms for access to finance as well as landIncrease entrepreneurship training (professional agricultural training and entrepreneurial training), in particular accounts and finance management and issues involving intellectual property in the Cassava sectorImprove the rural environment to encourage youths to invest in it and to reduce migration and the rural exodusOrganise and reinforce youth cooperatives and their inclusion in existing cooperatives, especially in the processing secSupport strategies aiming to improve the image of farming to attract more young peopleTrain young people in the use of ICTs for better access to markets and the Cassava tradeDevelop or reinforce experience-sharing platforms in the Cassava sector, especially for the benefit of young people; facilitate exchange tripsFacilitate the creation of businesses and youth-run agricultural start-ups in the Cassava sectorFacilitate the development of ICT applications and start-ups offering general agricultural services, in particular for Cassava5. 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 centresEncourage the use of community radios to share technical agricultural information between actors in the Cassava value chainImplement/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 peopleLobby for greater access to ICT, at an affordable cost, for actors in the Cassava sector, in particular in rural areasPromote ICTs that use solar energy
6. Research and extensionDevelop a dispersal strategy for improved seedsImprove access to practical information and research findings for smallholders Focus on disease and pest managementOrganise training sessions at national and regional level on issues identifying different varietiesDraw up policies and strategies aiming to reduce diseases by favouring simple, low-cost approaches for smallholders
Leaders for DevelopmentImplement a consultation and exchange framework between the leadersEstablish a map of quality productsDefine a contract negotiation framework – price, qualityLead market studies, closely analysing consumer needsLook at the feasibility of implementing tracking systems for 3 or 4 key productsTake charge of communication and marketing to promote products and local recipes
Next stepsFinalising the road map project by the 30th January, incorporating all the information about the projects and activities for better coordination and synergyAt the behest of S.E Ms Koyara of the RCA: 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) Organising the 2nd Cassava Forum in Bangui in December 2018

Peeling and Washing Cassava on Josma Agro Ind. Ltd. Mampong, Ghana

Peeling and Washing Cassava on Josma Agro Ind. Ltd. Mampong, Ghana

Nana Kofi Acquah/IFAD

Location:

Be sure you don't miss our latest updates.