The second edition highlights Africa’s progress in developing and commercializing cassava derived products, from high quality cassava flours to ethanol to beers. The conference also discusses solutions to Africa’s long-standing issues of out-grower’s integration and infrastructure bottlenecks.
ACCRA, Ghana, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Accra summit will bring together the cassava value chain players from Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi including plantation owners, processors as well as end users. Leading the program is a presentation on ‘Food Security in Africa & Encouraging Public-Private Partnership in Agriculture Sector’ with a special focus on cassava by Bukar Tijiani, Assistant Director-General & Regional Representatives for Africa of FAO.
Nigeria’s Shonga Farms shares the country’s large-scale commercial cassava plantation model while Ghana Industrial Cassava Stakeholders Platform presents a case study on the plantations in Ghana and its challenges of cassava starch processing.
Caltech Ventures’ Managing Director Chris Quarshie shares insights on the market prospects for high quality cassava flour (HQCF) in Africa. Export Trading Group (ETG) provides inputs on enhancing cassava production in Africa and tackling supply chain and processing challenges. William Oppong-Bio, Executive Chairman of Amantin Agro Processing highlights Africa’s preparedness for cassava chips exports by overcoming supply chain barriers while Chuka Mordi, Managing Partner at CBO Capital Partners describes a case study of Union Dicon cassava starch processing.
‘Ethanol projects in Nigeria’ by Rajavelu Rajasekar, Director (Agro), Allied Atlantic Distilleries (AADL), cassava adhesive for paperboards by Gregory Mhango, Supply Chain Manager of Nampak Malawi and cassava for animal feeds by Dr. Kivuyo Cuthbert, Managing Director of Misenani Agri Services are also reviewed.
Other panelists who discuss the key issues related to financing, out-grower scheme, cassava diseases management and agronomy are:
- Seliatou Kayode-Anglade, Senior Investment Officer, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
- Dr. Nanam Tay Dziedzoave, Director & Country Manager, C:AVA-Ghana Project/ CSIR-Food Research Institute
- Dr. Chiedozie Egesi, Assistant Director, National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI)
- Dr. Joe Manu-Aduening, Principal Research Scientist and Head of Root and Tuber Division, CSIR-Crops Research Institute
The summit organized by Centre for Management Technology (CMT), also features speakers from GEA (Platinum Sponsor) and Novozymes (Coffee Break Sponsor) plus a post-summit site visit to Accra Brewery — a SABmiller subsidiary on 2 March.