Roots and Tuber Crops

Conference and Trade Fair

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Self Help Africa, the Root and Tubers Crops Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and cooperatives, and KALRO  in collaboration with other stakeholders plan to hold annual conferences on Roots and Tuber Crops value chains. This year’s conference will focus on the cassava value chain.  The Conference will create an opportunity to promote cassava as a critical value chain in increasing income, food and nutrition security among small holder farmers and Kenyans in general. Cassava, having been an orphaned crop for a long time; without well-developed value chain structures; and traditionally considered a low-value crop, has recently attracted the attention of many development agencies and government, whose collaboration with research institutions has not only exposed the health value in cassava, but also the crop’s suitability to moderately harsh climatic conditions making it a  key food security crop for the Country. The crop’s potential to boost economic growth and food and income security for smallholder farmers cannot be over-emphasized. It is arguably the fourth most important source of carbohydrates for most rural and urban households after maize, wheat, and rice and is the most important source of industrial starch all over the world. It is through these facts, interactions and relationships that the need to commercialize the value chain by increasing and strengthening private sector participation takes priority; and calling for national awareness among the different actors and general public can be attained.

Thematic Focus


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Theme 1:  Processing, Product Development & Market Access
  • Agro processing & Value addition
  • Flour Blending
  • Markets
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Theme 2:  Best practice Dissemination, Learning and Scaling up
  • Scalable Case studies
  • Evidence Based Research findings on cassava
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Theme 3:  Innovation & Technologies
  • Youth & ICT
  • Seed Systems
  • Mechanization (planting, uprooting, processing,)

Speakers


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The conference has been organized by Self Help Africa, KALRO and the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives in collaboration with the EU and other stakeholders.

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