Through the CVPP, 135,238 smallholder households have made sales worth USD 41,641,960 of cassava products in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The project has also enhanced their food security and further elevated cassava into a commercialized commodity for food security, value addition and ultimately industrial use.
Cassava Village Processing Project (CVPP) was implemented by FCI in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania with financial support from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
The project enhanced food security for 135,238 households and further elevated cassava into a commercialized commodity for food security, value addition and ultimately industrial use. Through the CVPP project, FCI engaged 135,238 households who were mobilized to work collectively as trading blocs through the Commercial Village Model.
Among the key achievements include: Sales amounting to USD. 41,641,960 from assorted cassava products, about 40 million cassava cuttings were sowed, value addition through processing of cassava flour for food security, and employment created for youth and women. Twelve formal and ten informal markets with sixty traders were also identified and linked to the CVs..
A cassava processing innovation introduced by Farm Concern International (FCI) now reduces cassava chunks drying time from seven to two days during sunny periods. This saves time especially for the women who are involved in household cassava processing and drying. Traditionally, cassava processing technologies use rudimentary processing methods that are often very time-consuming and laborious. . Read More
The Cassava Commercialization and Processing Programme supported by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and implemented by Farm Concern International has seen demand for clean and improved varieties and the prices of cassava cuttings increase tremendously in East Africa. In Kenya, the price increment was 25% in Busia, 200% in Uganda and 66.7% in Arusha, Tanzania.. Read More
Armed with simple technologies adapted for family and community use, cassava farmers in Makueni County, Eastern Kenya have cracked open the access code to previously impenetrable markets thereby attracting various categories of buyers from far and wide and making up to USD 2.3 million in the process. Having made the transition from subsistence to commercialisation, the fortunes of once impoverished peasant farmers are being transformed for the better by streamlined marketing systems and favourable market prices... Read More
The Cassava Commercialization and Processing Programme implemented by Farm Concern International (FCI) with support from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa has resulted in tales of transformation across East Africa. Commercial Villages (CVs) in Makueni County contributed Kshs. 566,700 in total, out of which Kshs. 76,000 was used to purchase 38,000 cassava cuttings from the University of Nairobi farm in Kibwezi. Using their savings, members of Mbuvo CV used part of her members savings to purchase a one-acre plot at Ksh. 80,000.. Read More
Smallholder farmers at the end of year three have realized a market value of assorted cassava products worth USD 41,641,960.25 through the Cassava Commercialization and Processing Programme implemented by Farm Concern International (FCI) with support from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. These included fresh market for roots worth USD 33,500,581, industrial buyers for cassava chips worth USD 8,086,427, cassava cuttings worth USD 45,866 and value added products at USD 9,086.25. ...Read More
Value addition is one of the methods appropriate in reducing postharvest loses and increase food security and income to smallholder farmers and other actors along the value chains. Farm Concern International (FCI) has been in the front line to contain post-harvest losses through value addition. Although minimizing postharvest losses of already produced food is more sustainable than increasing production to compensate for these losses, less than 5% of the funding for agricultural research is allocated to postharvest research areas (Kader, 2003)... Read More
Commercialization of Cassava has opened an additional financial window to farmers from Tangakona Commercial Village (CV) in Busia, Kenya. Farmers have taken advantage of market demand to supply the much needed cassava and sweet potatoes planting materials in Busia and beyond. This is as a result of commercialization campaigns and market linkages by Farm Concern International under the Cassava Commercialization and Processing Programme supported by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and implemented by FCI....Read More
Mr Dickson Ndaka, a 63 year old outstanding cassava farmer, is now able to raise school fees for his daughter and provide other basic needs for his family. This was after Cassava commercialization was introduced in Kathonzweni sub-county, Makueni County by Farm Concern International, FCI, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)... Read more
The Cassava Commercialization and Processing Programme supported by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and implemented by FCI has brought about a revolution in the cassava seed system in East Africa. The demand for the improved cassava varieties within and beyond the Programme sites is creating an income opportunity for farmers who are establishing themselves as seed multipliers to their Commercial Villages. Read more
The launch of the Cassava Commercialization and Processing Programme supported by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and implemented by Farm Concern International has improved food security and source of income for the residents of Makueni County. Eight months after Farm Concern International initiated the programme, cassava farming has fostered the local economy, reduced poverty and hunger among the residents. Read more
The introduction of a variety of motorized cassava chippers by Farm Concern International under the Cassava commercialization and processing Programme supported by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa has transformed the lives of members of Tangakona Commercial Village. The cassava processing innovation now reduces cassava chunks drying time from seven to two days during sunny periods. This saves time especially for the women who are involved in household cassava processing and drying... Read More
FCI VISION : Commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond