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CTA’s Central African cassava project to benefit 10,000 smallholder farmers

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Friday, 25 May 2018

CTA’s Central African cassava project to benefit 10,000 smallholder farmers

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) has launched a new project in Kinshasa to explore cassava’s economic potential in agricultural value chains in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cameroon The project was launched in association with the Regional Platform for Central African Producers Organisations (PROPAC) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA). According to CTA, a number of 10 cassava cooperatives will be targeted with a total membership of about 10,000 smallholder farmers. Through the new project, CTA aims to increase income, enhance food security and create new employment opportunities for women and youth in the region. As cassava plays an important role in achieving food security in the region, it has the potential to create innovative and sustainable business models for the local agro-food industries. CTA’s cassava project is expected to accelerate innovative and new business models, which will promote added-value activities at the regional level. With the initial start in DRC and Cameroon for two years, the project is set to include more smallholder farmers’ cooperatives across Central Africa.

Source: African Farming