Expression of Interest in Cassava Value Addition for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Applicants are invited from suitably qualified Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who are willing to engage in cassava value addition as a business. Farm Concern International (FCI), a highly specialized Africa-wide Agri-Market Development Agency, with funding from Food Agriculture Organization of United Nations has been subcontracted to implement the ‘Strengthening linkages between small actors and buyers in the Roots and Tubers sector in Africa project in Malawi focusing on cassava production and processing. The project’s overall objective is to contribute to increased food security and incomes for small-scale producers and traders. One of the core objectives of the project is to attract investments in the cassava value chain both in production and processing.

Applicants are invited from suitably qualified Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who are willing to engage in cassava value addition as a business. Farm Concern International (FCI), a highly specialized Africa-wide Agri-Market Development Agency, with funding from Food Agriculture Organization of United Nations has been subcontracted to implement the ‘Strengthening linkages between small actors and buyers in the Roots and Tubers sector in Africa project in Malawi focusing on cassava production and processing. The project’s overall objective is to contribute to increased food security and incomes for small-scale producers and traders. One of the core objectives of the project is to attract investments in the cassava value chain both in production and processing. 

This Expression of Interest is for SMEs who will invest in processing of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) and other cassava based products for the market. Experience has revealed that cassava processing can be a viable business, depending on the business skills of involved processors. Those who will invest in the cassava processing business will receive training in production, quality control and management, marketing, support with the establishment of relationships with raw material suppliers (cassava farmers), exchange visits to other processors and mentoring. The project will also support investors with business plan development and facilitate linkages to available matching grants and/or projects that provide processing equipment. The SME should have the following qualifications;

Qualification and Requirements:

  • Ability to read and write, good numerical skills
  • Has a registered business and own/rent  business premises
  • Should be based in a cassava growing area and know potential of cassava production
  • Should have a minimum one year experience in running a small business and preferably hasa running business
  • Should be willing to invest in cassava processing technologies and plant within a period of three months after the selection
  • Should be willing to lead the development of cassava as a business in the area, through active establishment of relationship with cassava producers around the district(s) of operation.

Should you require more information on the profitability of the cassava enterprise, please contact Vincent Kaitano on 0995 509 798 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The interested entrepreneurs should send their application letter including business registration certificate, contacts (location, phone number, postal and/ or email address) and a description of the current enterprise. This should be sent to the Malawi Country Team Leader, Farm Concern International, P.O. Box 2394, Blantyre or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by hand delivery to FCI Lilongwe Offices along Mazengera Road in Area 47 sector 4, plot number 47/4/861, Opposite FAWEMA Offices by Wednesday 30th November, 2016 by 1700 Hrs.

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