Re-introduction and Commercialization of Cassava for Improved Livelihoods through Whole Value Chain Model
Kenya, Coast Region, Kilifi County, Ganze sub-County
March 2013 – June 2016
Subsistence agriculture occupies 80.6% of the population of Ganze District. The weight of subsistence production in the society of Ganze District and the persisting production of maize as main staple food bring the population to be particularly prone to the effects of erratic rainfalls and climate change. Farmers have experienced reduced yields leading to food insecurity in the county.
In average, the percentage of children suffering from malnutrition in Ganze District ranges from 6% to 9% but it peaks up to around 20% in the ranching zone during prolonged droughts.
The project aims to support local communities to be better prepared and able to cope with drought, promoting livelihood diversification and fostering cassava value chain among 23 communities in Ganze Sub County, a semi-arid area of Kilifi County.
Thanks to the 5 years experience in promoting cassava production and processing in Ganze Sub-County, CAST supports 23 beneficiary groups through the implementation of an intervention axed on 3 pillars:
- capacity building on business planning of farmer groups and mobilization of key actors along cassava value chain;
- improvement of agricultural production and diversification through the adoption of appropriate integrated agricultural techniques (improved varieties, conservative agriculture techniques);
- capacity building on food stocking, processing and marketing of cassava and promotion of new nutritional habits among target communities.
From 2015 CAST is reaching more than 1000 farmers in the whole Kilifi County due to the co-funding from Agricultural Sector Development Support Programmes (ASDSP).
The following activities were conducted under the first result: Having an opening forum among development actors of Ganze Sub-County, undertaking a participatory survey with 22 target groups for the identification and division of tasks along the cassava value chain, conducting 22 trainings on business planning to 660 farmers, supporting 22 farmer groups and two processing units for business plan implementation, 7 exchange meetings among representatives of 22 farmer groups and two processing units.
The following activities were undertaken under the second result: Training on dry land farming for 6 FEOs and 44 CPPs, establishing 22 demonstration plots at group level, establishing 22 bulking plots at farmer level, monitoring on dry land farming techniques application and support to FFS, supply of 22 silos for seed stocking at group level and establishment of 22 rain water harvesting facilities at group level.
The following activities were undertaken under the third result: Conducting a survey on local and provincial market for raw and processed cassava, 30 sensitization meetings with local authorities, technical services and relief organisations on cassava flour utilisation, 1 educational cycle in 22 schools, conducting 1 training on cassava processing for 44 target farmers, supplying of processing and stocking materials, Establishment of logistics for the supply of raw cassava to 2 processing units, Establishment of local and provincial marketing strategy, conducting 5 trainings for 88 target women for food preparations, Improvement of quality standards in 2 processing units and 1 training for 8 processing units workers and 10 leader farmers on provincial marketing of cassava flour, conducting a feasibility study for cassava flour utilization and blending with other staple foods, training of cassava smallholder farmers on low cost improved processing technologies and blending of cassava flour with other crops , trainings on farm business planning, cassava products supply chain development and management and formation and management of smallholder farmers’ cooperatives, meetings among smallholder farmer groups for forming a platform at county level, production of information materials and Organizing sensitization meetings, demonstrations and field days for cassava flour and its by-products utilization.
- National Drought Management Authority (NDMA)
- Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
- Ganze Sub-County Agriculture Office