Root and Tuber Crops Virtual Conference
A Focus on the Cassava Value Chain
Innovative Promotion of Cassava value chain initiatives for Wealth, Food and Nutrition Security in Kenya
Kenya has the largest, most diversified economy in East Africa with agriculture being the backbone of the economy and also central to the country’s development strategy. More than 75 percent of Kenyans make some part of their living in agriculture, and the sector accounts for more than a fourth of Kenya’s gross domestic product (USAID Agriculture & Food Security Fact Sheet 2020).
The Kenya Agricultural Sector Growth and Transformation Strategy emphasizes critical role of agricultural transformation in growing the economy by reducing the cost of food and alleviating poverty. This is anchored in three outcomes: increasing small-scale farmer incomes, increasing agricultural output and value-addition, and boosting household food resilience to be achieved over 10 years (ASTGS, 2019). This will contribute to delivering the government's commitment of 100% food and nutrition security, which is one of the pillars of the big four agenda of the government of Kenya. Good nutrition catalyzes food production and manufacturing as well as reducing the cost of healthcare (ASCU 2011).
Cassava is a major factor in food security across sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya cassava is grown in over 90,000 ha with an annual production of about 540,000 tons. It is estimated that Africa produces about 42% of the total tropical world production of the crop (FAO, 1990). Cassava can grow in marginal lands, requires low inputs, and is tolerant to pests and drought (Githunguri et al., 1998; Nweke et al., 2002). Despite its great potential as a food security and income generation crop among rural poor in marginal lands, its utilization remains low in Kenya.
The National Root & Tuber Crops Development Strategy intends to provide a roadmap for the development of the root and tuber crops subsector in Kenya. The 4-year strategy provides a stimulus for private sector investment in the root and tuber crop subsector. It aims at transforming the subsector into a commercial and vibrant industry that contributes to the country’s food and feed security needs, the development of agro-industries, employment creation and improved livelihoods.
The general goal of the conference is to increase knowledge and uphold innovative positive values and attitudes, about the economic, social, environmental and food & feed benefits of cassava and provide a platform for various cassava value chain stakeholders to share their experiences with one another for scale up.
1. Increase awareness, knowledge, and understanding on the different products and value of cassava, business opportunities in the value chain and different forms of cassava utilization.
2. Mobilize key actors to share and gain new intellectual, practical, and professional skills and interventions that have proved successful in strengthening the cassava value chain.
3. Share innovations and new technologies within and outside Kenya that inspire all actors for increased engagement along the value chain.
Who should attend
- County Governments
- Flour and feed manufacturers
- Training and research institutions
- Local and international development partners
- Cooperative societies
Why should you attend
- Build – Build strong connections with industry players
The conference has been organized by Self Help Africa, KALRO and the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives in collaboration with the European Union and other stakeholders.