The Cassava Mechanisation and Agro-processing Project (CAMAP) was launched early July 2013 at the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation, Nigeria. Coordinated by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), CAMAP will enhance the contribution of cassava production and processing technologies for sustainable improvements in food security, incomes and livelihoods of farmers, processors, and marketers in the cassava sector. CAMAP will achieve this through upgrading and expanding traditional planting, harvesting and processing techniques, thus developing competitive cassava commodity value chains for a reliable supply of processed products for food and non-food industrial use.(AATF, 04/07/2013)
The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers, and Bananas (RTB) is one of a new series of initiatives spearheaded by the CGIAR to bring together the research synergies and resources of multiple agricultural research-for-development centers to improve efficiencies and increase impacts.The purpose of the RTB is to tap the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops to improve food security, nutrition, and livelihoods.
Private and public sector organisations from Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK came together at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK, in April 2012 to launch the new European Union Framework 7 funded project ‘Gratitude’ (Gains from Losses of Roots and Tuber Crops), and to begin the planning phase. The project aims to help small-holder farmers and small-medium enterprises to find and disseminate solutions that will reduce waste from postharvest losses of root and tuber crops and turn typically discarded by-products into something of increased value. By addressing food security, creating demand for root and tuber crops and improving efficiency at all stages along the value chain; this unique and innovative project will greatly improve the livelihoods of people with low incomes. (NRI via AlpĥaGalileo; 18/4/2012)