This paper highlights many of the key constraints in the cassava value chain, particularly in Nigeria. It argues that there are a number of market inefficiencies and potential technological innovations that must be addressed to improve productivity and chain efficiency. These poor coordination among value chain actors and lack of standards and certification. Production is hampered by low availability of inputs. Fresh cassava value chains face transport bottlenecks. The Meridian Institute argues for a review of grades and standards for cassava products, new technologies to ensure quality of fresh roots, improved mechanization, new approaches to drying, improved grating technologies, mechanization of peel removal and slicing, storage and packaging technologies, waxing methods, mechanization of harvest through tools and equipment, lack of communication and market coordination, poor infrastructure, and access to capital. This article does not address gender issues.
Applying Science and Technology to Enhance Cassava, Dairy, and Maize Value Chains: Cassava Value Chain Overview
Meridian Institute. 2002. Innovations for Agricultural Value Chains in Africa‰Ûø: Applying Science and Technology to Enhance Cassava, Dairy, and Maize Value Chains: Cassava Value Chain Overview. Washington, D.C.: Meridian Institute.