Cassava World Africa in Lusaka, Zooms in on Commercial Opportunities


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

Corporation (CSTC)

• [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