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Developing a cassava-based livestock feed system in Africa

Cassava processing, a source of employment to Nigerian women (image: IITA)

The government of Nigeria has initiated a ‘cassava transformation plan ‘to create a new generation of cassava farmers, oriented towards commercial production to generate a surplus dedicated to specific value-added chains.

The overarching aim is to turn the cassava sector in Nigeria into a major player in local and international flour, starch, sweeteners, ethanol, and dried chips markets by adopting improved production and processing technologies, and organizing producers and processors into efficient value-added chains. Implementation of the value-added chain activities will be driven by the private sector with support from the public sector.

One of the issues to be worked out is the use of cassava waste, typically the peels of cassava, that are mostly burned to produce energy. Another way to add value to the industrial cassava value chain is to turn these wastes, and possibly part of the cassava root production as well, into a cassava-base system to feed animals. Traditionally small farmers feed the peels to their animals (poultry, goats and pigs) but few attempts have been made to really establish a cassava-base feed system to become nutritionally and economically sustainable and thereby use local products to replace imported products in the feed industry.

The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), the CGIAR research programs – Roots, Tubers and Bananas, Livestock and Fish,Humid Tropics, and the feed private sector, having common interests in the development of a cassava-base feed system in Africa are partnering to organize a workshop in IITA, Ibadan, Oct 28-30, 2013, to ask the question: What is the best way to develop a cassava-based feed system in Africa?

The meeting will discuss the possibility to develop a cassava-base feed system for various animals in Africa beginning with Nigeria.

The conference will gather the Cassava Transformation Team from the (FMARD), the private sector involved in the Feed Industry, governmental representatives at the federal, state and local levels, and the cassava research community on cassava, and the feed and animal nutrition.

More information from:

Dr. Claude M. Fauquet
Director GCP21, CIAT

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