Cassava industry stakeholders are set to the gather for the 3rd Cassava World Africa summit in Lusaka, this month.

The two day meeting slated for the 10th to the 11th of October intends to take stock of Africa’s cassava commercialisation success stories, across food and non-food applications.

The summit will also zoom into challenges hindering the region from a complete ‘transformation’ despite producing large volumes of cassava.

Some of the issues to be discussed include financing cassava projects and downstream investments, latest updates on new cassava varieties, processing challenges and market for starch and syrup in West Africa and improved weed management practices in cassava plantations.

Organised by Centre for Management Technology (CMT), the 3rd Cassava World Africa summit will showcase cassava market business prospects across Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Speakers at the summit include Dick Siame, Country Programme Officer, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) sharing on ‘Commercialisation of Smallholder Cassava Production in Mozambique and Zambia: Opportunities and Challenges’.

Zambian Breweries will also present a successful case study describing its ‘Processing and Brewing Cassava Beer’ and how it worked with smallholder farms and managed the supply chain.