Building on research conducted under the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) Project, Adebayo et al. examine the main challenges to cassava extension service partners in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi. The authors explore ways to limit the exclusion of smallholders from the commercialization of cassava production and marketing. These challenges include competitiveness, raw material supplies, showing smallholders how to produce value added products, working along the value chain with different partners in order to take cassava production to scale, ensuring quality, finding appropriate technologies, and integrating smallholders into the market. They find that there is no uniform strategy that will work in each country. Government support for cassava development is important in each case, but it is not sufficient for positive development. Instead, it will be necessary to target markets according to ‰ÛÏthe realizable capacities of smallholders in the value chain.‰Û Although the paper has value in describing the constraints that smallholders face, and raises topics of concern for women farmers, there is little detail about differences in men's and women's participation in the cassava value chain or how men and women will be differently impacted by commercialization.
Sustainable Inclusion of Smallholders in the Emerging High Quality Cassava Flour Value Chains in Africa: Challenges for Agricultural Extension Services
Adebayo, K., L. Abayomi, A. Abass, N.T. Dziedzoave, L. Forsythe, R.J. Hillocks, R. Gensi, R.W. Gibson, A.J. Graffham, P. Ilona, U.K. Kleih, R.I. Lamboll, G. Mahende, A.M. Martin, G.E. Onumah, A.W. Orr, H. Posthumus, L.O. Sanni, V. Sandifolo, and A. Westby. 2010. ‰ÛÏSustainable Inclusion of Smallholders in the Emerging High Quality Cassava Flour Value Chains in Africa: Challenges for Agricultural Extension Services.‰Û Journal of Agricultural Extension 14(1).