The Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:ava) will on Wednesday host a daylong meeting for all stakeholders in the cassava value chain industry in Mzuzu.
C:ava Malawi Manager, Vito Sandifolo, said the meeting is aimed at banging heads on economic opportunities the crop avails to Malawi.
“The meeting is aimed at exposing opportunities available through investment in cassava value chains as well as sharing investor packs for investment in various value chains.
“Stakeholders will also share potential opportunities for financial resources available for investment by SMEs, identify potential investors in cassava production, seed multiplication and processing to support, and to create a networking platform for all the stakeholders that participate in the cassava value chain,” he said in an interview.
Sandifolo said the forum was for all current and potential investors in the cassava value chain.
“It has been organised by C:ava project in partnership with GIZ under the theme ‘Exploring the Economic opportunities: Through Investment in Cassava Value Chains’. The one day meeting will start from 8:30am to afternoon hours,” Sandifolo said.
The forum, according to Sandifolo, comes at a time when cassava’s importance is rapidly changing from just being food security crop to a cash crop.
Cassava is also creating employment opportunities and presenting vast potential for both exports and import substitution in Malawi.