Cassava is a staple food in Central Africa, providing food security, jobs and income to millions of people. It also has enormous potential as an industrial crop, producing starch and high-quality flour that can substitute wheat in baking and for other uses. However, industrial demand is still limited. CTA’s project, Accelerating innovative and sustainable cassava business models for women and youth in Central Africa (Manioc21), is addressing this by supporting development of innovative business models that exploit this potential market.
The project is targeting 10 cassava cooperatives, five in Cameroon, five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The aim is to fine-tune and accelerate innovative and new business models that create market linkages across cassava value chains and promote added-value activities to be scaled-up at the regional level.