A quantitative assessment is of primary importance to manage the timing and volume of supply at collection points and to deploy the mobile processing plants to the different locations in an optimal manner. This is by necessity a process – starting from the existing situation and developing the enabling environment for the changes needed to reach the optimum.  During the assessment we will collect information on current farming practices, input accessibility, wellbeing of farmer families and farmer saving and credit practices in order to fully understand the project’s impact over time.

Our mobile starch unit will alternate between three to five different cassava growing areas during the year. It is of the utmost importance to identify the most promising cassava growing areas to station the plant. Secondly one of the main targets of our company in collaboration with its partners is to improve the livelihood of the farmer’s smallholders there is a need to measure the impact of the project on the living conditions of the farmers. These measurements are important to ascertain that public money is well spent but also the private partner’s interest in Corporate Social Responsible operations are at the heart of the program.

The cassava value chain assessment

Little is known about the amount of cassava that is grown and the distribution in most countries where DADTCO is operating. Statistics often do not give the right information and are outdated. Also, farming practices and the use of improved varieties and multiplication fields are very different from region to region.

Therefore a quantitative assessment is needed to:

  1. Identify and assess where and how much cassava is grown in the areas where the AMPU will be stationed. 
  2. Prepare a plan of action where, when and how the Autonomous Mobile Processing Units (AMPU) year round can produce cassava cake.
  3. Identify major production constraints and accessibility to cassava farmers and design an integrated cassava rural development program
  4. Identify and assess the requirements needed to establish a cassava value chain in terms of the distribution of disease free improved stem material.
  5. Identify and assess already organized farmer groups as primary supplier of cassava roots in the start-up phase of the project.
  6. Carry out a baseline survey on socio economic parameters that are easy to measure with a two year’s interval in between.