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African studies Quarterly paper
We announce the publication of a paper in the November issue of the African Studies Quarterly, entitled ‘What is the matter with African Agriculture’. The paper is based on the book with the same title, against the background of René Dumont’s famous book ‘L’Afrique est mal parti’ (1962). The paper is downloadable from the Journal’s site. (www.africa.ufl.edu/asq/v14/v14i1-2a6.pdf)
Ghana: Accra Brewery donates to cassava farmers on Farmers day
(02-12-2013) Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), producers of the cassava beer, Eagle Lager, has presented equipment support for winners of the National Best Cassava Farmer and the Regional Best Cassava Farmers for the Volta and Eastern Regions.
Nigeria: How Cassava Bread Will Boost Economy, By Agric Minister
(23-09-2013) Abakaliki - THR Federal Government has said that the current innovation in the agricultural sector, which is geared towrds the roduction of cassava wheat for bread production, would not only curb the menace of unemployment but also save the country much of the N600 billion spent on wheat foul importation annually.
Cassava Revolution Takes off in Mozambique
(04-07-2013) Branded the cassava revolution, private firms in Mozambique have in recent years attempted to rapidly commercialize the production of casava, the country's key subsistance crop. The idea is to create more efficient supply chains for small and medium-sized producers in order to feed growing private demand for cassava in products such as beer, processed food and ethanol...
Cassava is Future Global Crop Says UN
(29-05-2013) ROME - Cassava has huge potential an could turn from a "poor people food into a 21st century crop" if grown according to a new environmentally friendly farming model, the UN food agency said on tuesday...
SABMiller Cassava Beer Aimed at Beating African Homebrews
Eugene Shepherd admits he's no beer expert, but he'll tell you the bottle of Eagle he treats himself to every week is a step up from the murkey homebrews that had been his preffered tipple...
Why SABMiller's cassava beer is a win-win for the company and small scale farmers
(18-04-2013) Alcoholic beverages companies generally like to make a big fuss about their corporate social responsibility initiatives and contributions to local communities.
One project that is, however, truly remarkable is SABMillers cassava beer recently launched in Africa...
Increase in agro-processing units in Nampula
(29-04-2013) The provincial government in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula last year licenced 37 milla, bringing the total number of agro-processing units in the province to 610...two cassava processors have had a significant impact.
New beer boost for cassava farmers - Togbe Afede
(18-03-2013) The Agbogbomefia of Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, has stated that the introduction of a new beer made from cassava is an oppotunity for farmers of the staple crop to go into serious farming and exploit the full benefits of the situation.
Cassava beer launched in Ho
(16-03-2013) GNA- Accra Brewery Limited on Thursday launched a beer brewed with 70 percent cassava in Ho. The beer, christened "Eagle Larger" would boost the economic fortunes of the many Ghanaians in cassava production.
SABMiller launches cassava beer in Ghana
(14-03-2013) Brewer SABMiller PLC (SAB.LN) Thursday said it will launch a cassava beer in Ghana, which will be brewed by local subsidiary, Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), under the brand name "Eagle".
Cassava bread: Have you been served?
(12-01-2013) Next to rice, bread is probably the most common denominator on the table of rich and poor Nigerians. This may be why Federal Government is making efforts to keep this staple within the reach of the average Nigerian. How feasible is this? What multiplier effects would this have on the common Nigerian whose other main staple, garri, is a product of cassava? How acceptable is the idea of cassava bread to bakers and of course the consumers?
(14-12-2012) IN his his co-authored book, The Innovator’s DNA, management guru Harvard Professor Clay Christensen of the Business School explains that innovators are both born and made, and that their success can be attributed to what he calls discovery skills...DADTCO; the Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company , a startup you’ve probably have never heard of, which commercialised the disruptive innovation, is the star of this story.
Rivers Begins Construction of 15,000 tons Cassava Plant, Wednesday
(03-12-2012) The ground braking ceremony for the construction of a 15,000 tons capacity cassava processing factory under the Rivers State Cassava Initiative will take place on Wednesday, December 5 2012 at Afam in Oyigbo Local Government Area...
Impala Project Claims Measured Successes At Year-One Celebration
(24-11-2012) Cervejas de Mozambique (CdM) pulled out all the stops at a glittering event in honor of the first year of production of a new line of beer -Impala- brewed mainley from cassava tubers produced in Nampula province. The top brass of CdM and its international partner, SAM Miller, welcomed Maputo's business and agricultural processing community, joined by ministerial and diplomatic-level guests...
Why We Produce Cassava Bread
Foluso Olaniyan, Managing Director/Chief Executive, UTC Nigeria, leading baker and processor of meat products explains why the company embraced the Cassava Bread initiative of the federal government.
FG Prepares Bakers for Cassava Bread
Minister of agriculture, Dr. Adewunmi Adesina, Monday said the federal Government was determined to ensure that before 2015, cassava bread would replace wheat bread in the country.
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Global Leaders Launch G8 Food Security Agenda
During the 2012 G8 Summit SABMiller, along with other private sector organisations, is making a firm commitment in support of the G8's food security agenda.
CDM Planning two new breweries
Cervejas de Mocambique (CDM – Beers of Mozambique), the local subsidiary of the multinational brewing company SAB-Miller, has promised to invest a further 124 million US dollars in the next two years
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Impala beer carving out a niche in cassava
Innovative project is turning a subsistence crop into a cash crop
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Cassava plus Program in collaboration with DGIS and IFDC
Recognizing the important role that cassava and smallholder farmers can play in African agriculture, the Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (DADTCO) started a Cassava plus Program in collaboration with: The Netherlands’ Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Under this program an opportunity is being created for African farm families that currently grow cassava only for home consumption and sale in local markets. While it is a key staple food, cassava has remained a subsistence crop because of its rapid spoilage after it is harvested, an irregular and inadequate supply of raw cassava to “feed” the few processing facilities and inefficient processing systems. The project’s mission is to shift cassava from a subsistence crop to a cash crop. While fulfilling this mission, Cassava+ does not negatively impact local food security, because substantial yield increases ensure that crop surpluses can be sold without jeopardizing local demand. Additionally, Cassava+ generates environmental benefits through advanced soil fertility management practices that help prevent soil degradation.