The project addresses chronic malnutrition among the rural poor, in particular women and children. Through access to improved seed varieties, education, and training, the project ensures that cassava, a food staple threatened by disease, remains viable in the area. Beyond the immediate benefits of food security, the project also ensures local self sufficiency, increases household incomes, passes on vital life skills, keeps children in school, and improves the health of the community.
Demonstration plots will be created and cuttings provided to farmers, along with training on cassava varieties, production, marketing and value addition. This allows the community to create businesses around a crop currently only grown for survival.
The whole community will improve as malnutrition declines and income sources increase. For example, women will be able to use the skills learned and apply them to other areas, enabling them to diversify their income sources through micro-businesses.