n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Innovative approaches to industrial utilisation of cassava in a developing economy

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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Nigeria has remained the world's leading economy in the production of cassava for about two decades. Nevertheless, the industrial utilization of this agricultural produce has remained low. We synthesize the findings of an extensive literature on some innovative approaches to this challenge. There is a need for policy learning on how Nigeria can sustain global leadership in cassava production by an efficient utilization of cassava in the industrial sector to transform the Nigerian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Nigerian government is encouraging private sector participation in developing technologies for expanded use of cassava as raw materials in the food and non-food industries. The development of the sector will require activities in capacity building, further product development, fabrication and transfer of processing technologies to target beneficiaries, and development of clusters to supply identified markets. To sustain Nigeria's global leadership in cassava production, the paper also suggests the need to map out the cassava value chain in the cassava sectoral innovation system. This will help, no doubt, to strengthen the links between the supply and demand in the most effective way.

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