Enhancingimproving the competiveness of high quality cassava flour
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ENHANCING THE COMPETITIVENESS OF HIGH QUALITY CASSAVA FLOUR IN NIGERIA:PROGRESS/ACTIVITY REPORTSByLuke O. Olarinde
BackgroundThe overall goals is to increase cassava yield from the current per hectare production levels estimated at 12.5ton/ha to 20ton/ha, increase cassava-based household incomes of involved stakeholders by at least 20%, contribute to employment creation and reduction in wheat import expenditure by NGN.
Programme (specific) objectives:Analyze and synthesize the structure and performance of the Nigerian cassava sector to identify appropriate interventions to improve sector performance and vertically integrate the sector agents to internal and international market opportunities
Raise productivity through scaling-up and scaling-out of the most successful market-oriented cassava production innovations to a new generation of business-oriented cassava farmers, engaged in commercial cassava production, with sustainable link to reliable demand
Advance the application and adaptation of proofed commercially successful market-oriented cassava processing and quality management innovations to make Nigerian cassava products competitive in local and international markets
Programme (specific) objectives (Contd):Develop effective marketing strategy and strong institutional mechanisms for a durable cassava marketing and appropriate policy framework to transform the Nigerian cassava sector; and Identify, characterize and measure impact of the evolving scale-based modes of intensified production, processing, marketing and institutional innovations which underpin the most durable and equitable market integration of cassava producers, processors and traders.
2 Studies: 1 and 2Study 1: Terms of reference and dutiesThe terms of reference (ToR) are as follows: Plan and carry out surveys using at least ten questionnaires to: Analyze the cassava-based industry and general value chain Quantify the latent demand for cassava products and the required quality characteristic; including market performance for cassava products
Identify, characterize, and document the changes in knowledge and attitudes of the value chain actors,
The terms of reference (Contd)B. Contribute to data analysis
C. Prepare detailed scientific reports of the findings (three reports). The reports are on:
Value chain and Industry analysisQuantification of the latent demand for HQCF and other products, the required quality characteristic; including market performance for the cassava products
Documentation of the changes in knowledge and attitudes of cassava value chain actors
The terms of reference (Contd)D. Produce at least ten Cassava Value Chain research report series and policy briefs for internal publication.
E. Publish eight journal articles, from the findings, in Thomson-indexed international journals of high impact factor.
The Actor type questionnaires1. Household (producers)2. Village (community level)3. Processors4. Equipment fabricators5. Input-suppliers6. End-users7. Marketers8. Transporters9. Extension10. SWOT (for all (group) of actors, except Community)
For Team 1: Household and village level surveysSampling procedure: StratificationPimary samplingsecondary samplingFinal sampling
For team 2: Processors, equipment fabricators, marketers, input suppliers Sampling procedure: Processors (Between 153 and 157-Select 150);Equipment fabricators: select-by snowball or all if list is available (fabricators may not be many);Marketers: select-by snowball (50 per state) or random selection -proportionately if list (of association members) available;Input suppliers: select-by snowball (50 per state) or random selection if list (of association members) available;Consumers: select 400-500 (overall) shared proportionally by the 6 survey states.
For Team 3: End-users, consumers, extensionSampling: End-users: Select all from Tables 3 and 4, then select 50 food factories, between 30 and 50 home caterers per state, 10-20 restaurants per state, 5-10 Industrial (non-food) users per state. Consumers: select 400-500 (overall) shared proportionally by the 6 survey statesExtension: Select one each from the ADP, LGA and NGO
Target groups1. Smallholder farmers and farmers associations;2. Contract growers; 3. Youth involved at any level along the cassava value chain; 4. Farmers-cum-processors; 5. Fabricators; 6. Farm Input Suppliers; 7. Selected Cassava Flour Millers; 8. Bakeries; 9. Transporters; 10. Food regulatory agencies; 11. Researchers; 12. Extension agents; and13. Consumers.
Key Indicators and Method