Enhancing Competitiveness of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) in West and Central Africa is a CGIAR-led project which will facilitate the enhancement of high quality cassava flour value chain in the West and Central Africa. The project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will apply system approach value chain development and proofed institutional innovations to increase productivity, improved value addition, market performance, youth employment, food security, nutrition and health.
The project which is set to run for 3 years (2014-2017) will involve three (3) countries; Democratic Republic of Congo representing Central Africa, and Ghana and Nigeria representing West Africa.
The project will scale up and scale out experiences made in the past to further increase access of smallholder farmers and households especially youths to innovative technologies and market approaches to vertically and horizontally integrate into expanding food, feed and consumer markets, and also address the issues of institutional and policy constraints, and technical barriers in cassava production in the transformation of the Nigerian cassava sector.
The project will focus on stakeholders along the High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) Value Chain, as target groups, which include smallholder farmers, farmers association farmers –cum-processors cassava flour processor, fabricators farm input suppliers, bakers ,transporters, wheat flour millers, extension agent, food regulatory agencies and researchers.