CMT’s inaugural Cassava World Africa opens in Lusaka, Zambia on 20-21
March 2014 to showcase the transformation of cassava from a staple food
to a commercial crop used in production of flour, beer, feed, starch and as
source for bioenergy.
His Excellency Honorable Robert K.K. Sichinga, MP & Minister, Ministry of Agriculture
and Livestock, Zambia will inaugurate Cassava World Africa conference that will unveil
opportunities and challenges in ‘Transforming [cassava in Africa into agro-industrial
products’ covering – food security, financing projects, breeding processes, use in
commercial production of flour, starch, bioenergy and more.
Among key sessions is one by Dennis Beunk, Agricultural Development & Agro-
processing Specialist, Brightface Enterprise who provides an overview of ‘Enhancing
Food Security, Income Generation, Value Adding and Economic Empowerment
through Commercialization of Cassava’. Meanwhile Diogo Machado, Senior Economist,
LMC International presents a paper on ‘Global Starch Market Outlook & Feedstock
Economics’. A session on ‘Challenges of Operating a [Cassava High Quality Flour Plant
in Africa’ is presented by Louw Burger, MD/CEO, Thai Farm International and another
on ‘Challenges of Implementing Industrial Cassava Projects in Africa’ is delivered by
Jens Thomsen, International Starch Institute A/S.
The conference agenda also includes country/ region specific sessions:
• Investment Update on Cassava Plantation & Value Addition Project in
Tanzania – Matthew GW de Klerk, General Manager, Cassava Starch of Tanzania
• [Commercializing Cassava: New Opportunities For Universal Industries and
Malawian Smallholders – V. Navin Kumar, GM, Universal Farming & Milling
• Status of Bioenergy Industry Development in Zambia – Prof.Thomson
Sinkala, Chairman, Biofuels Association of Zambia
• Project Status and Challenges in Developing a Cassava Biorefinery in
Nigeria – Richard Bennett, CEO, Sunbird Bioenergy Africa
[Cassava breeding approaches and varieties to meet the emerging market demands
will be examined via sessions on ‘Breeding Approaches to Turn Cassava into a Cash
Crop for Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development’ by Dr. Hernan Ceballos, Cassava
Leader, CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) and ‘Breeding Opportunities
and Challenges for Cassava Commercialization in the Southern Africa Region’ by Dr.
Ntawuruhunga Pheneas, SARRNET Coordinator, Breeder, Cassava Program Unit,
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
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For enquiries, contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan(at)cmtsp(dot)com(dot)sg or +65 6346 9113