CAVA project Uganda is a part of a global consortium involving the university of Greenwich and Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda. It focuses on linking cassava producers to markets using high quality cassava flour as its target product. It aims to improve the livelihoods and incomes of at least 90,000 smallholder households as direct beneficiaries including women and disadvantaged groups. In Uganda, it will target at least 16,000 households mainly in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country. It will promote the use of HQCF as a versatile raw material for which diverse markets have been identified in pilot studies. The project will focus on three key intervention points in the value chain:
1. Ensuring a consistent supply of raw materials;
2. Developing viable intermediaries acting as secondary processors or bulking agents in value chains; and
3. Driving market demand and building market share (in, for example, bakery industry, and components of traditional foods or plywood/paperboard applications).
Farmers and farmer/processors will be supported in production and primary processing activities through partnership with NGOs or other service providers. Business development and other specialists will support intermediaries to meet the requirements of end users who will be supported technically in adopting HQCF in the production and marketing of their products