THE Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) will soon launch a cassava initiative programme which will enable growers access funding for value chain activities.
The cassava commercialisation programme that seeks to enhance the business value chain in some parts of Zambia will be launched through the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The CEEC said in a in a statement that the initiative, which is expected to create about 12,000 jobs, will enable cassava growers in Luapula, Northern and North-Western provinces to access funding for value chain activities.
The focus will be on commercialisation of cassava using the value chain approach and targeting the human food, industrial and stockfeed activities.
The statement says under the human food initiative, CEEC will promote increased availability of cassava-blended products such as flour.
The beneficiaries of the funding will also explore opportunities for fortification and diversify dietary habits that will promote nutrition and food security.
Cassava has been known to be one key food crop after maize and the project will address the key pre-requisites for unlocking the full potential of the commodity as a cash crop, while supporting women and youth as stakeholders along the value chain.
The programme will explore opportunities in starch processing and feedstock production under the industrial initiative.