You name it, cassava can do it. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

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.

Published 1 January 2007