On September 8th, 2016, GIZ and PIND, in collaboration with public and private sectorÂ partners, as well as the federal government, will host a one-day National Cassava Summit, with theÂ theme â€œTowards a U.S.$5 billion Per Annum Cassava Industry in the Next Five Years.â€
Cassava is a staple food crop throughout the African continent, particularly in Nigeria. Despite being theÂ worldâ€™s largest producer of the cassava, Nigeria produces cassava primarily for domestic consumptionÂ and does not rank among leading exporting countries. The potential of the cassava sector to driveÂ accelerated growth and jobs creation will not be fulfilled without a systemic approach to addressingÂ structural and political economy issues that currently constrain it. Among these issues are: relatively lowÂ yields and high costs, strong competition by the traditional food market with the industrial market, weakÂ value chain coordination, poor infrastructure, poor access to finance, and unfair competition from cheapÂ foreign imports. Though not exhaustive, the challenges listed demonstrate that the cassava agricultureÂ sub-sector faces myriad problems and offers huge potential. Coordinated action towards addressingÂ these challenges will catalyze growth with corresponding multiplier effects on jobs creation andÂ industrialization for Nigeria.
The objectives of this Summit include:
This Summit will provide an opportunity for multi-stakeholder conversations between farmersÂ association, research institutions, input suppliers, banks, small-medium scale processors, large-scaleÂ industrial processors, transporters, marketers, development organizations and government ministriesÂ and departments. It will also help provide accurate data on the state of cassava industrial and foodÂ markets. The summit aims to organize a well-coordinated and well-targeted positive action that will actÂ as a catalyst for growth with corresponding multiplier effects on jobs creation and industrialization.
â€œThis Summit is a year in the making, working closely with key development partners in both the privateÂ and public sectors to ensure inclusiveness and targeted objectives with a roadmap for growth for theÂ cassava agriculture sector. The Summit will also coincide with the public launching of the IndustrialÂ Cassava Stakeholders Association of Nigeria,â€ says PINDâ€™s Program Director Dr. Dara Akala.
PINDâ€™s partners for this Summit include: Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),Â Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Nigerian Institute of Food Science andÂ Technology, Federal Institute for Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), United States Agency forÂ International Developmentâ€™s Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted SitesÂ (MARKETS) II project, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Department for InternationalÂ Development (DFID) Market Development (MADE) program and Cassava Adding Value in Africa (CAVA)Â II, Harvest Plus, Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), Nigeria Cassava Processors and MarketersÂ Association (NCAPMA) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).