B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports:
Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world with an annual output of 34 million tonnes of tuberous roots. It is produced mostly by smallholder farmers by use of ‘traditional instruments’ with an average landholding of less than two hectares per smallholder farmer.
But the low productivity of cassava, according to the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), is as a result of limited market opportunities due to low utilisation of mechanisation and production or processing tools.
“It takes a farmer in Africa 10 days to uproot or harvest their fields while a farmer in India requires only six hours.” Therefore, in order to encourage commercial production of cassava by smallholder farmers, AATF, through funding by the United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAID) has rolled up a Cassava Mechanization and Agro-processing Project (CAMAP) currently in Kwara, Kogi, Ogun, Oyo and Delta states. Read more