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Cassava World Africa

20-21 Mar, 2014 - Lusaka, ZAMBIA

Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka

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Official Opening Address :


Hon Robert K.K. Sichinga, MP

Minister of Agriculture And Livestock, Zambia


"Transforming Cassava in Africa
- Enhancing food security to
agro-industrial products!"


A new phase in cassava production is emerging in Africa! Cassava is next to maize as Africa’s most important staple crop, its high nutritional value, starch content and resilience to climate change making it one of the most versatile crops. Governments have finally realized the huge potential of the plant as a driver of rural development. Nigeria is taking the lead to commercialize cassava & adding value to cash in on this “wonder” crops! Other African countries are realizing the potential and working towards monetizing the cassava value chain, with priority to meet its food security needs.


"Zambia Breweries Plc is expected to launch cassava clear beer on the local market in the second quarter of 2014. Company managing director Anele Malumo said the product will help promote the agriculture sector by creating ready market for small-scale cassava farmers."

- Foodbusinessafrica.com, Dec 2013


"China New Energy (CNE) announced that it has entered into a MOU with Sunbird Bioenergy Africa to develop a flagship biorefinery in Ogun State, with the possibility to extend this initial project to include further biorefineries"

- Acucomm.net, Nov 2013


Researchers all over the world are developing new cassava varieties to meet various application needs and increasing yield. The traits include drought and water resistance, pests and diseases resistance, nutrients-rich and high yielding traits. Are these varieties readily available for commercialization yet? Companies who are investing in large scale cassava farm as well as smallholders farm are keen to secure suitable varieties to increase their yield.


CMT’s CassavaWorld Africa Summit on 20-21 March 2014 in Lusaka, Zambia brings together leading experts in the cassava value chain to share first hand insight on the opportunities, challenges and experiences in developing the cassava value chain in Africa!

  • H.E Hon Robert K.K Sichinga, MP & Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and livestock, Zambia delivers the official opening address at this event, sharing Zambia’s cassava strategy.
  • Brightface Enterprise shares expertise on enhancing food security, income generation, value adding and economic empowerment through commercialization of cassava
  • Cassava Starch of Tanzania Corporation provides an investment update on their cassava plantation & value addition project in Tanzania
  • Thai Farm Int of Nigeria focuses on their operating challenges of a cassava high quality flour plant while Universal Farming & Milling Ltd discusses the opportunities in commercializing cassava based on their experience and securing their supply chain with small holder farms.
  • Cassava breeding experts, CIAT and IITA aims to update the breeding approaches and varieties to meet the emerging market demands. CIAT does a comparative analysis between Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • Global Starch market and feedstock economics outlook by LMC International
  • Biofuels Association of Zambia provides an update on the status of the bioenergy industry in Zambia while Sunbird Bioenergy Africa zooms in on their new biorefinery project in Nigeria and the sustainability of cassava feedstock supply.
  • The conference covers the financing challenges of cassava projects,  potential application into beer & animal feed industry, mechanizing production and processing technology as well as logistics and transportation issues.

Do not delay! Sign up with your team today to enjoy group discounts! Contact huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg for more information.

Industry News Who Will You Meet Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

Nigeria's Allied Atlantic Distilleries commissions first cassava based ethanol plant in Africa


China New Energy To Build Cassava Biorefinery In Nigeria


Uganda is the Sixth Largest Producer of Cassava crop in Africa and it's the second Most Important


African farming: cassava now the centre of attention


IITA, partners advocate road map for cassava residue in feeds


Zambia Breweries gets cassava processing licence


Private partnership on cassava mechanization, agro- | processing launched


FG urges Coca-Cola to partner investors in cassava plants

Companies involved in plantation sugar and starch based feedstock, agriculture/agro industrial crops, fermentation, enzyme ppliers, companies that uses starch & starch derivatives – food, brewery, paper, textile, pharma, livestock feed, Manufacturers and suppliers oftapioca starch, trading companies, venture capitalist, financiers, ethanol producers, agrochemicals producers, fertilizer, farm equipment & technology suppliers, Research Institutes and Agriculture Ministries

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry.


Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.


Exhibition / catalogue display can be arranged upon request. Contact nisha@cmtsp.com.sg or (65) 6346 9130

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Posted on : 12 Mar, 2014

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Cassava World d'Afrique à Lusaka se concentre sur les opportunités commerciales

Posted on : 26 Feb, 2014


Cassava World d'Afrique de CMT sera inaugurée à Lusaka, en Zambie le 20 et 21 mars 2014 pour présenter la transformation du manioc à partir d'un aliment de base à une récolte commerciale utilisée dans la production de la farine, de la bière, de l'alimentation, de l'amidon et comme source de bioénergie.

LUSAKA, Zambie-- Le 20 mars, Son Excellence Honorable Robert KK Sichinga, député et ministre de l'Agriculture et de l'Élevage, en Zambie, inaugurera la conférence Cassava World d'Afrique. Cette conférence dévoilera les opportunités et les défis dans la transformation du manioc africain en produits agro-industriels garantissant la sécurité alimentaire, le financement de projets, les processus de l'élevage, l'utilisation de la farine, l'amidon, la bioénergie et d'autres dans la production commerciale.

Parmi les principales sessions est celle de Dennis Beunk, spécialiste du Développement Agricole et de l'Agro-industrie, à l'entreprise BrightFace, qui donne un aperçu sur «L'amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire, de la génération de revenus, de la valeur ajoutée et de l'autonomisation économique par la commercialisation du manioc. Entretemps, Diogo Machado, économiste principal à LMC International présente un document sur les «Perspectives du marché mondial de l'amidon et des matières économiques". Une session sur «Les défis du fonctionnement d'une usine de farine de manioc de haute qualité en Afrique" est présentée par Louw Burger, médecin et chef exécutif, à Thai Farm International, et une autre session sur "Les défis de la mise en œuvre des projets industriels sur le manioc en Afrique» est assurée par Jens Thomsen, de l'Institut International Starch A/S.

Le programme de la conférence comprend également des séances spécifiques dans tout pays et région:

  • Mise à jour de l'investissement sur le projet de la plantation du manioc et de l'ajout de la valeur en Tanzanie - Matthew GW de Klerk, directeur général, à la société Cassava Starch en Tanzanie
  • La commercialisation du manioc: De nouvelles opportunités pour les industries Universelles et les petits exploitants de Malawi - V. Navin Kumar, directeur général, à Universal Farming & Milling
  • Statut de développement de l'industrie de la bioénergie en Zambie - le professeur Thomson Sinkala, président, de l'association Biofuels en Zambie
  • Statut et défis dans le développement d'une bio raffinerie de manioc au Nigeria- Richard Bennett, chef exécutif, à Sunbird Bioenergy d'Afrique


Pour répondre aux exigences du marché émergent, les approches et les variétés de l'élevage du manioc seront examinées à travers des sessions sur "les approches de l'élevage pour transformer le manioc en une culture de rente pour la réduction de la pauvreté et pour le développement rural», données par Dr Hernan Ceballos,, chef de Cassava, au Centre international de l'Agriculture Tropicale (Tropical Agriculture) et la session sur "Les opportunités de l'élevage et les défis pour la commercialisation du manioc dans la région de l'Afrique australe" par Dr Ntawuruhunga Pheneas, coordonnateur de SARRNET, éleveur, à l'unité du programme du manioc, à l'institut International of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

Veuillez consulter le site officiel pour de plus amples informations.

Nigeria signs 3.2 million tons cassava chips export contract with China, aims at 900,000 tons of cassava exports by 2015

Posted on : 24 Jan, 2014


Nigeria is gearing up to produce 3.2 million tons of cassava chips for supply to China under a contract signed between the 2 countries recently. To meet this supply need, Nigeria has already secured over 15,000 hectares of land to grow cassava. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says that this contract will benefit the Nigerian farmers and processors to a great extent, who are expected to earn as much as $800 million.

The country plans to rope in the African Import/ Export Bank to finance the project with a loan amount of $40 million (N632m).

The country is not only looking at cassava chips for exports, but also the production of chips for livestock industry, starch, sweeteners, and ethanol. Nigeria aims to expand its export of dry cassava chips to over 900,000 tons by 2015.

Apart from the tie-up with China, there are many other developments boosting the cassava industry in Nigeria. Cargill, the world's leading manufacturer of food, has already set up 75,000-ton starch-to-sweetener plant. The plant is expected to reduce Nigeria's dependence on sugar imports.

The cassava industry in the country has been promoted by the government under President Goodluck Jonathan as well. One such example is the N10 billion Cassava Bread Fund provided by the government to train 5,000 master bakers in the country. Another one is the allocation of 6,000 hectares of land by the Delta government to build a plant at Abraka with a capacity to process 72,000 tons of cassava.

CMT's Cassava World Africa opens in Lusaka, Zambia on 20-21 March 2014 to discuss the latest updates from the African cassava industry.

For information about the event as well as registrations, contact Ms. Leelin at leelin@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9146.

Visit the official webpage for more details


SABMiller and Diageo use locally produced cassava from Africa to brew low-cost beer

Posted on : 12 Dec, 2013


Cassava is the second most consumed source of carbohydrate in sub-Saharan Africa, but the crop's industrial potential has been largely unexploited.


However, the scenario is fast changing as companies are tapping into Africa's abundant resources to provide value addition to the crops, from starch, animal feed, glucose, bioenergy, beer & more!. Many international alcohol companies have stepped into the African market to use locally available cassava for producing beer. SABMiller and Diageo are two big names in the alcohol industry that have already launched their commercially-made cassava-based beers in Africa.


SABMiller claims the first-mover credit in the cassava based beer in Africa when it launched Impala brand of beer in Mozambique in 2012. This year in March, the company brought in cassava based beer to Ghana as well. In Ghana, the beer is marketed under the brand name of Eagle that is brewed by SABMiller's local subsidiary Accra Brewery Limited. On the other hand, by end of 2012 Diageo launched its cassava based beer called Ruut Extra in Ghana.


Currently, SABMiller sells 46 local brands across Africa. The company said that it will spend about $300 million to $500 million a year in its African market (excluding South Africa). A major chunk of this investment will go into constructing more breweries and bottling facilities.


Both the companies enjoy tax rebates for brewing beer from locally produced cassava. In Ghana, for instance, the government imposes an excise tax of 47.5 percent for beers that have less than 30 percent local content. But for brews with more domestic ingredients, the excise tax is fixed at 10 percent. Since SABMiller uses locally produced cassava for brewing its beer, the company is able to maintain profit margins on Eagle at the same level as its other beers although Eagle is low on cost.


The government is also benefitting from the entry of SABMIller and Diageo. Until now a majority of alcohol consumed in Africa was in the form of home brews or illicit liquor. But with cassava based beer, that is cheap and therefore bought by the locals, the government is able to collect tax on these products.


Diageo plans to launch more cassava beer brands in the region and is negotiating with other governments in the continent for tax incentives.


Hundreds and thousands of farmers cultivate cassava in Africa. Therefore, both the alcohol majors have to source their cassava from many small-scale farmers - which at times can be over seven thousand. It's a cumbersome process to buy cassava from so many individual farmers. Therefore, the companies are trying to establish a commercially viable supply chain that can be beneficial to both the farmers as well as themselves.


For more information on commercialisation of cassava in Africa, attend Cassava World Africa in Lusaka, Zambia on 20-21 March 2014.


Keep visiting the Official Website>>> for latest updates.


Alternatively, you can also contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.


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Mr. Kaushik Pillalamarri
CEO, Universal Industries Ltd.
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Kaushik Pillalamarri is the CEO of Universal Industries Ltd., manufacturers of quality biscuits, confectionery, savoury snacks, beverages, and nutritional products located in Blantyre, Malawi, driving the company's vision of 'Providing Nutrition to the Nation.' Prior to recently joining Universal, he worked for Reliance Communications in Mumbai, India, as Senior Vice President and Business Head for Data & Devices and Emerging Markets, and he worked for Verizon Communications as Director and ....
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Dr. Hernan Ceballos
Cassava Breeder, CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture)
Day 1 [Thu 20, March], at 01:50 PM
.Dr.Ceballos has an Agronomy degree from National University of Córdoba (Argentina) in 1980 and a Ph.D. in plant breeding from Cornell University (USA) in 1987. Since 1987 through 1994, he started as a Maize breeder at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) first in Mexico and then in Colombia. From 1994 through 2007, he was a professor at National U....
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