Ensuring sustainable development in cassava value chain and value addition
Garba BG, Balogun RB, Kalejaiye–Matti RB, Uche NC
Contemporary rural and urban agriculture in Nigeria and the World over is grappling with the critical challenges of climate change, rapid industrialization and urbanization that take over designated farmland with attendant waste problems, slum menace and youth banditry; armed conflict scenario and poor or lack of master plan for emerging agro- technologies to ensure sustainable development in our agricultural production. This paper in tackling these challenges explores the concept of sustainable development; cross-cutting issues of sustainable Development, Cassava value chain and value addition as the basis for increased competitiveness and profitability given the importance of the crop in Nigerian cropping system. Policy initiatives and interventions on Cassava were expatiated upon. Also, the concept of value chain and value addition was reviewed. The cassava belt zones in the country were highlighted. Cassava Production within the locally obtainable and global value chain and addition were x - rayed.