About Us

Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA II) is a project led by the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria, working closely with Natural Resources Institute of University of Greenwich, United Kingdom; Food Research Institute Ghana; Tanzania Food and Nutrition Center, Tanzania; Africa Innovations Institute, Uganda; Chancellor College, University of Malawi alongside several partners.

The project aims to increase the incomes of at least 200,000 value chain actors, especially smallholder farmers and processors in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi, by at least USD177 million in five years. This will be achieved through stimulating sales of more than two million tons of cassava into HQCF and other cassava product value chains.

The premise of the CAVA II project is that if new markets for cassava can be developed and smallholders linked to them at scale, then farmers will increase their incomes and adopt new productivity enhancing technologies. The project intends to work across the value-added cassava chain, specifically focusing on a number of bottlenecks that have slowed growth and progress from previous projects:

Smallholders’ productivity –This project intends to work directly with farmers to improve profitability of cassava sales, both through the pull of market demand and through increasing farmer yields with improved stems.

Expanding and developing processing – CAVA II will adapt a combination of drying technologies that best fit the smallholder and end-use models. In East Africa, where artificial drying is new, there will be a push to multiply effects of sun drying while introducing artificial drying technologies; whereas in West Africa artificial drying will be promoted by improving efficiency and decreasing cost of production.

Expanding products options, market opportunities and geographies – CAVA II will expand the uptake of HQCF and other cassava products to new cassava growing and consumption areas in each country. The project will work with partners to explore and develop new market opportunities for fresh cassava roots by building and linking smallholder farmers to large markets in starch, ethanol, plywood, paperboard, milling and the livestock (including aquaculture) feed sector.

CAVA II is the second phase of C: AVA project led by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich which ended in 2013.

CAVA II Project is supported by a grant from the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation to the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria.


Our Team

Professor Kolawole Adebayo

Project Director

AdebayoProfessor Kolawole Adebayo is the Project Director of the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA II) and Director of Grants Management at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Prof Adebayo has worked for twenty eight years as an extension officer, rural development expert and lecturer read more

Dr. Adebosola Oladeinde

Deputy Director, CAVA II Project

BusolaDr. Adebosola Oladeinde is the Deputy Project Director of Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA) Phase II. Dr Oladeinde has a M.Sc. in Crop Science and PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, USA, where her research focused on genetic diversity studies read more

Prof Lateef Oladimeji Sanni

Country Manager, Nigeria

SanniProfLateef OladimejiSanni is a Professor of Food Science and Technology in the Department of Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He is currently the Dean College of Food Science and Human Ecology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, read more 

Grace Ngwasy Mahende

Country Manager, Tanzania

GraceGrace Ngwasy Mahende is the Country Manager, Cassava: Adding Value for Africa, (CAVA II), Tanzania. She has more than twelve years of experience in the agriculture sector, where her research focused on a wide range of crops including: fruits, tea, oilseeds, tobacco and cassava read more

Vito Sandifolo

Country Manager, Malawi

SanniVito is the Country Manager of the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa, phase II, Malawi. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture majoring in crop sciences from Bunda College of Agriculture and over 25 years of experience on root crops while working with the Department of Agricultural Research Services read more 

Dr Nanam Dziedzoave

Country Manager, Ghana

MahendeDr Nanam Dziedzoave is the Country Manager of Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA II), Ghana. read more 

Francis Ouruma Alacho

Country Manager, Uganda

FrancisAlacho Francis Ouruma is the Country Manager of Cassava: Adding Value for Africa, Uganda, under the Africa Innovations Institute, since 2010. He has had 17 years of experience working with agricultural research and 13 years with agricultural development and advisory services in both the public and non-governmental agencies. read more