Market needs

Cassava, which few decades ago was a subsistence food for the poor and animals in the topics has grown to be a crop of high demand for food in several African countries but it is now also for its use on industrial scale that cassava production and processing are now commercialized in many countries.

So in addition to providing food for locals, cassava products is being exported to earn foreign exchange for poor exporting countries. Added to these, its relative ease of production; very high yields; ability to stay underground after maturity for  long periods give cassava considerable advantage as a commodity that is being used by poor rural folks in Sierra Leone, to fight poverty.

Cassava is a perennial root crop, which, serves as a staple food for more than 500 million people worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa produces more than 85 million MT of cassava yearly—about half of global production. That amount is about double sub-Saharan Africa’s production of maize and almost triples its combined production of sorghum and millet. Cultivated in every sub-Saharan Africa country, cassava is an especially important food crop in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda, Madagascar, Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin, and Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry.

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