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It is DADTCO’s conviction that agricultural development only takes place when farmers have access to guaranteed markets for their products. Together with its partners, DADTCO not only buys cassava roots but it also makes sure that sustainable farming practices as Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) is applied. A sustainable future for smallholder farmers guarantees a sustainable source of roots supply for DADTCO.
Effective supply chain management is of key importance in ensuring the success of a cassava processing enterprise. Many attempts have failed to commercialise cassava in Africa, not due to any failure in technology, but rather due to an unsustainable supply chain. DADTCO therefore puts heavy emphasis on supply chain management and her smallholder farmer’s program. It regards this as critical success factors and key focus areas of its operations. These are also areas in which DADTCO has developed unique know-how and expertise.
Our farmer’s agricultural program includes a program on Good Agricultural Practices with our suppliers the smallholder farmers. DADTCO’s main strategy is to eliminate the most limiting factors of cassava cultivation. Our first extension message is to make the farmers aware of the importance of the way stem material is selected, handled and treated. Secondly DADTCO puts high emphasize on the replacement of sick and dead plants after planting. Both measures can already double the yield without the use of new varieties, which are often not available. To carry out our program we collaborate closely with agricultural research institutes, national and international NGO’s, and local extension services of the government.
Our unique track & trace system allows us to track our processed cassava products back to the individual farmers and plots. It provides a unified and up-to-date farmer database and GPS technology. It traces the source of goods and captures the profile of the smallholder farmer, family group, farms and crops.Before entering a cassava region an assessment survey is conducted. This survey includes the identification of: our stakeholders, the major cassava growing areas and the sites to build the platforms. The sites in itself depend on the type of landownership, infrastructure and access to water. A quantitative part of the study is a baseline survey of the farmers to provide a tool to measure the impact of the program on the livelihood of smallholder farmers.