Partnering to explore the potential for Cassava Industrialization in Mozambique

A joint AGRA and IDH [1] mission field visited Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane provinces in Mozambique. AGRA and IDH have developed a Partnerships for Inclusive and Competitive Cassava Industry in Ghana, Nigeria, and Mozambique (PICOC). PICOC intends to transition cassava from being a poor farmer crop to a cash crop that increases incomes of farmers in these countries, tapping on increased investments in cassava processing that has not been matched with increases in productivity and production levels.

The realization that Cassava processors operate below their installed capacity due to the inability of getting enough supply of cassava and inconsistent demand for their products has led to a collaborative effort between IDH and AGRA for the design and implementation of an Industrial Cassava Program. The field mission goal in the Southern of Mozambique was to assess the status of the cassava value chain, in particular the existing/expected production and processing capacity through site visits to identified stakeholders. Specifically, the mission met with Mr. Virgilio Tamele, a procurement officer at SABMiller (a brewery industry), and JFS CEO Mr. Ferreira Santos, and Mr. X (an out-grower) in Maputo; Mr. Joao Cossa, President of the Associacao Wuashala in Chidenguele, Gaza province (a cassava producer and processor); Mr. A. Gomes, CEO of Agro Liana Ltd (a cassava processor); and the Mr. J. Samuel, President of Associacao Josina Machel in Inharrime district, Inhambane province; as well as Mr. Q. Nelson, Plant Manager of DADTCO[2] (a Dutch cassava processing company) in Zavala district, Inhambane. A smaller team proceeded to Nampula with the same goal.

Talking to cassava stakeholders (processors and farmers) and visiting processing sites gave an opportunity to the joint mission to assess the stage of the cassava processing across the provinces. At the end, the mission learned that there are 3 levels of cassava processing which can be linked to end users of processed cassava outputs: at the lowest level are the associations such as those of Wuashala, and Josina Machel; individual private sector actors, such as Agro Liana Lda in Inhambane, and OLiMA Lda and Mrs Judite both from Nampula province which are semi-automated processes; and lastly the DATDCO mobile cassava automated processing plant. Furthermore, it is important to note that these processes are still at small scale level, if compared to other countries such as Nigeria and Ghana. However, each of these segments can be approached with different types of interventions in points of the value chain, if these their potential is to be explored for cassava industrialization purposes in Mozambique.

 

[1] IDH is sustainable trade initiative that works to accelerate and scale-up sustainable trade by building impact oriented coalitions of leading global companies, civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders that focus on poverty reduction, safeguarding the environment and promotion of fair and transparent trade.

 

[2] DADTCO is a Dutch mobile cassava automated processing plant in Zavala district, Inhambane province. It also has mobile plants in Nampula province. Its plants process fresh cassava from farmers into a cake that is then transported to SABmiller beer factories (in Maputo and Nampula) for use in producing IMPALA beer. The mobile plant is established in cassava growing area for a period of about 30-45 days where it collects cassava from farmers, assembles, cleans, peels and compresses into a cake. It can process max 40 MT of fresh cassava per day, but currently the capacity is underutilized.