Cassava Processing Plant Creates Opportunity for Local Farmers

Cassava is a major staple food in the developing world,

providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. Ghana is

one of the world’s leading cassava producers, however, due

to lack of processing capacity, much of the cassava Ghanaian

farmers produce is underutilized. Most cassava farmers in

the Awutu Mankessim region do so on a subsistence basis.

They and their families do not reap the full potential of

their efforts.

The Awutu Mankessim cassava processing plant

will take raw cassava from the area’s 1700 farmers and

process it into gari, a highly versatile staple with a long

shelf life. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the

United Nations says that processing cassava into gari is

one of the most promising value addition activities for the

area due to high demand and income elasticity resulting in

favorable prices.

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