The first Cassava Stakeholders meeting under the current administration was organized by the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) in collaboration with Oxfam in Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of November 2015.
The stakeholders roundtable was attended by various actors in the cassava value chain such as the cassava farmers, especially the small holder farmers, (including the Cassava Growers Association), processors, master bakers, flour millers, input suppliers, transporters, policy makers and food regulatory agencies, researchers, extension agents, consumers, Civil society organizations working on agriculture, etc.
At the end of the consultations, the following set of recommendations and actions was agreed upon:
i. Participants reaffirmed the increasing importance of Cassava and the benefit or positive realities and impact of a strong and active implementation of cassava policy in Nigeria.
ii. Participants noted that Cassava supplies about 75% daily calorie intake to over 50 million (29.4%) of Nigeria’s population. It plays a major role in the country’s food security as 80% of Nigerians in the rural areas eat cassava meal at least once a week and majority eat cassava product, at least once a day and also provides one of the highest return in value terms to effort invested.