This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Associated with Projects R6504, R7418, R8268 and R8432. Faced with the
need to find solutions for a 30-40% surplus in cassava production in
Ghana, researchers decided to get creative. They discovered that
cassava-based products could provide substitutes for expensive imported
raw materials in industries covering pastries to plywood. They developed
processing techniques to convert fresh cassava into high-quality cassava
flour, plywood and paperboard adhesive, glucose syrup and industrial and
potable alcohol. Commercial processors acted as market intermediaries
between farmers and end-users and a system for conflict-resolution with
independent arbitration was developed to maintain good relations
throughout the supply chain. Processing industries in Ghana and Nigeria
are using the techniques to supply national, regional and international
markets. This work meets the needs of countries with a relatively low
level of development where expensive imported enzymes, adhesives and
wheat flour are not affordable.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (8
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPH21, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 107.