CassavaTech.com was set up through a collaboration between Nigeria’s Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK. The initiative was developed as part of an IFAD-funded project called ‘Increasing the Performance of the Cassava Industry in WCA’ (IPCI), implemented by FUNAAB, NRI and a team of international experts on cassava processing. The main purpose of IPCI is to enhance the performance of IFAD cassava projects. The project aims to achieve wider regional impact through disseminating good practices, lessons learned, technological innovations and new prototypes, enhancing policy dialogue among relevant actors, heightening private sector involvement and setting up private-public partnerships. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project 'Cassava: Adding Value for Africa II' (CAVA II) has taken over support for CassavaTech after completion of the IPCI project.
- The Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB) is located in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. FUNAAB is made up of a number of university colleges specialising in science, engineering and agriculture, with disciplines including natural resources management, animal science and livestock production, agricultural management and rural development, plant science and crop production, food sciences and human ecology and veterinary medicine.
- The Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK, is based in Chatham Maritime, Kent, UK. NRI is an award winning, globally recognised, multi-disciplinary centre of excellence with an established reputation for delivering high-quality research, advice, teaching and training in support of global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction.
- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialised agency of the United Nations, dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries.
- Cassava: Adding Value for Africa II (CAVA2) works across the value-added cassava chain, specifically focusing on a number of bottlenecks that have slowed growth and progress from previous projects: This project works directly with farmers to improve profitability of cassava sales, both through the pull of market demand and through increasing farmer yields with improved stems (working with commercial cassava seeds system grants supported by the Foundation).