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Creating Jobs and Generating Income in Rural Areas of Mozambique through Cassava Production and Processing - GCP/MOZ/120/EC









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    Cassava as animal feed in Ghana: past, present and future 2013
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    The study on the use of cassava as animal feed in Ghana was commissioned as part of FAO’s initiative supporting poverty reduction in northern part of the country. Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is one of the main staple food crops grown by almost all farming families in Ghana, contributing to large proportion of daily calorie intake of the population. It is used to prepare fufu, the local popular dish, and considered as the poor man’s food. Ghana is the fourth largest cassava grower in Africa, afte r Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. In 2010, Ghana produced 13.5 million tons of cassava. Available information suggests that, cassava is cultivated by over 90 percent of the farming population and contributes to 22 percent to the agricultural GDP, making it the right target for the fight against poverty in the country. The multi-purpose use of cassava as food for humans and animals, making various industrial products, including its use as input for breweries, attracted many pr ojects and programmes working on its value chain in Ghana. These projects, particularly the IFAD funded Root and Tuber Improvement Programme, introduced improved varieties for better yield, reduced post-harvest losses, improved agro-processing and better access to markets, etc. The various interventions enhanced production and marketing of cassava in the country improving income of producers and other actors involved in the value chain and generating more employment for women and youth, contribu ting in this way to poverty reduction. FAO, with its comparative advantage of promoting agricultural and food production and rural development, is supporting poverty reduction initiatives in Ghana. In particular, FAO through its Strategic Objective three is implementing an initiative targeting reduction of rural poverty in Northern Ghana.
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    Developing industry and markets for cassava in the Caribbean- TCP/SLC/3503 2017
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    Cassava plays an important role in the dietary needs and incomes in many rural communities in the Caribbean. Despite its rich history in the Caribbean region, the development of the cassava industry falls well below its potential, due to poor management and resource constraints. With imports of wheat and corn weighing heavily on the foreign reserves of the region, cassava presents an untapped resource to help alleviate the pressure on high food import bills and improve livelihoods for small-scale farmers, processors and the rural population. This project aimed to address constraints to agro-processing, market development and the promotion of value-added cassava products in Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. By promoting the use and export of value-added cassava products in national, regional and international markets, the project contributed to sustainable food and nutrition security and helped create new employment opportunities in selected Caribbean states.
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    Case study on the cassava farine, tomato and mango value chains in Saint Lucia
    Food loss analysis: causes and solutions
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    This report is produced in the framework of a FAO project "Reduction of post-harvest losses along the food chain in the CARICOM subregion". The main objectives of the investigation included an in-depth analysis of post-harvest handling practices of cassava, tomato and mango producers, retailers (roadside and mobile market vendors, municipal markets, supermarkets), wholesalers, exporters, processors for development of value-added products and consumers, to obtain a more complete understanding of the system-wide nature of quality deterioration and subsequent losses in order to formulate appropriate solutions for quality management and loss reduction strategies; analyses of the mango value chain as items for food consumption, with quality attributes that should be protected and enhanced in various marketing channels; examination of the significance of losses of both technological and socio-economic origins; identification of the links between growers and provisions for transferring relevant research information on identified problems to producers, traders, processors; improved operations throughout the system were designed and evaluated along with alternative post-harvest handling systems; key factors affecting the logistics performance in the CARICOM Region have been described with particular emphasis being placed on the logistics that affect produce losses in the supply chain.

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