R.S.B Ferris, G. Ntibarikure, S. Kolijn and A. K. Muganga
Cassava processing in east and southern Africa is limited to traditional means of processing and these methods are generally of low output and often produce products of low quality. Lack of access to improved processing equipment, combined with poor market information and infrastructure results in cassava being confined to the role of a famine reserve crop rather than being a major primary commodity for cash income and job creation. The research being undertaken by the IITA-Uganda postharvest group in collaboration with national programmes, NGOs and private sector partners aims to introduce new methods of processing into the farming community and through market analysis find new market opportunities for the crop. The aim of the commercially oriented research is to enable farmers to process cassava roots into quality products with increased value and link these products to sustainable and diversified markets.