Cassava is an extremely resilient crop, performs well on marginal lands and is cultivated by over 90% of the farming population in Ghana. It is mono-cropped or intercropped with other crops. Cassava production and processing constitute a major source of income and rural livelihood contributing about 22% of Ghana's agricultural GDP.
Cassava production has been increasing within the past five years. In 2007, total production of cassava was a little over 10.2 million MT; 11.3 million MT in 2008; 12.2 million MT in 2009; 13.5 million MT in 2010; and 14.2 MT million in 2011.
Women play significant roles in the cassava value chain. Women are mainly involved in production (planting) bulking of cassava after harvesting, marketing of fresh roots and subsequent processing.
Yam (Dioscorea spp.) is a high value crop and significant source of dietary energy in Ghana. Its production is concentrated in Brong Ahafo, Northern, Western and Eastern regions of the country. From the literature, about one-third of the edible parts of the root produced for human consumption is lost through the value chain from production to consumption (FAO,2011). In Ghana post-harvest losses for agricultural commodities have been reported to be approximately 30%.
Our partners in Ghana are the Food Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, St Baasa Ghana Ltd, Social Development and Improvement Agency, and Caltech Ventures.
Mushroom production process in Ghana
Preparing the substrate
Mushrooms are grown from a growth material called 'substrate'. To create the substrate, cassava or yam peels are dried and then milled. Water, lime and rice bran, are added, and the substrate is mixed and heaped into a pile on the ground. It is then left to ferment for 28 days. The compost needs to be turned every 4 days for proper aeration and uniform composting.
Workshop held in Ghana to select best products from cassava waste
A workshop entitled "Selection of Best Bet Products" was held on Wednesday, 29th May 2013 at the CSIR-Food Research Institute, Accra, Ghana. The 'selection of best bet products' is an activity under the 'demonstration of technologies with beneficiaries' Work Package (WP6) of the EU FP7 project 'Gratitude'.
The Gratitude project investigates Gains from Losses of Roots and Tubers (Cassava and Yam) with special emphasis on developing useful products from waste (peels, liquid waste and pulp) in Ghana, Nigeria, Thailand and Vietnam.Read more ...