This Project will reduce poverty in Bukpe Community, Nigeria, by providing Cassava milling machine in Bukpe community, Kwali Area council, Abuja. The machine will be used to process harvested cassava. The machine will increase the production and sales of Garri which will increase the income of 120 farmers in the community, promote a culture of entrepreneurship using the street business school curriculum.
Bukpe village has the highest number of cassava farmers. However, the economic impact of their small-scale farming is limited due to restricted access to resources to further process their cassava and more than half of them community live in poverty. Farmers interviewed revealed that at least 60% of cassava is lost in garri processing and they incur high post harvest losses despite intensive application of labor. Women farmers peel cassava manually and drying takes place on the floor in homes.
1. The Project will deliver entrepreneurship training to 50 farmers in Bukpe by December 20, 2020 2. Provide a cassava milling machine in Bukpe by January 31, 2021. 3. Create employment for 2 youths to manage the cassava processing machine in Bukpe. 4. Increase incomes of 50 Bukpe cassava farmers by 25% by September 2021.
This project will bring these family or subsistence farmers into modern enhanced farming to increase income and economic independence. This is an opportune time - the Nigerian government has begun to realize the huge potential for cassava as a driver of rural development. Also, the market for cassava for commercial and industrial is growing as root starch is now in high demand from food and beverage companies for bread and beer production.It can also be used in plywood and pharmaceuticals.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).