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UK: Natural Resources Institute (

nri logo july2012 0The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialist institute of the University of Greenwich. Established more than 100 years ago, NRI provides research, consultancy, training and advisory services to underpin sustainable development, economic growth and poverty reduction. The institute has a programme of work focused on post-harvest aspects of tropical root and tuber crops in which research and development activities have been undertaken in Africa, Asia and South America.

NRI will lead the project, their staff are experienced in management of European Union funded projects. NRI will lead WP1, 7 and 8 in particular, and make technical contributions to other work packages to compliment the skills of other partners.

MAIN CONTACT - Project Co-ordinator: Keith Tomlins

UK: ACCORD Associates LLP Consultants (

Accord Logo FINALAccord Associates is a business type enterprise with extensive experience in advisory work mainly in Africa and Asia. Its experience includes the following areas: feasibility studies and business planning for new investments, market studies to identify opportunities, establishing market linkages and the development of new markets, and integration of the small-farmer sector into the commercial economy. Accord Associates is specialized in the commercial development of sustainable crops and processed products (including cassava). Clients range from development banks and venture capital funds to governments and private sector businesses. Prominent international organisations among its clients are the World Bank, USAID, FAO, IFAD, DEG, EU and IFC.

Accord Associates will contribute to the enterprise development aspects of WPs 3 and 4.

Principle scientific contact: Andrew Sergeant

UK: SABMiller PLC (

SABMiller logo 0SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. SABMiller operates in numerous emerging countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and believes that its business is not something separate from society. The interests of SABMiller and the wider community are therefore inextricably linked. SABMiller has a track record of successful projects within its sustainable development program of “10 priorities” with enterprise, development, waste and water reductions as 3 of the key deliverables.

SABMiller will support NRI with technical expertise and access to pilot (WP4).

Principle scientific contact: Wolfgang Tosch

Netherlands: Wageningen Agricultural University (

WageningenPlant Research International (Wageningen University) specializes in strategic and applied research. Thanks to the combination of knowledge and experience in genetics and reproduction, genomics, crop protection, crop ecology and agrosystems, it offers a unique range of perspectives for government and industry. Wageningen serves the entire agro-production chain with scientific products, from the DNA level to production system concepts. Plant Research International regularly has articles in the leading scientific journals.

Wageningen University will lead WP4, it has ample experience in research on substrate utilization for the production of edible mushrooms, and in leading and participating in EU projects.

Principle scientific contact: Anton Sonnenberg

Portugal: Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (ESB) (


Escola Superior de Biotecnologia (ESB) is a college of the Catholic University of Portugal, founded in 1984. ESB harbours the Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF), a research unit that hosts over 100 researchers, of whom around 15% hold doctoral degrees and 50% are postgraduate students. ESB has a strong background in R&D in the food and environmental areas, collaborating in national and international projects.

ESB will be involved in WP4, developing new ingredients with high added value from cassava peel and brewing wastes, and they are the leader of WP5 for food safety, quality and compliance.

Principle scientific contact: Maria Manuela Pintado



FUNAAB Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (

FUNAABFUNAAB is one of the three universities of agriculture established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in January 1988. FUNAAB provides teaching, research and extension services including consultancy, training and advisory services to ensure sustainable agricultural development, income generation and poverty alleviation in Nigeria. They have a programme of work focused on pre- and post- harvest issues on tropical commodities such as cassava, yam and sweet potato as well as other foods, and in other industrial and livestock sectors in Nigeria. Specific skills that FUNAAB will bring to the project include: post-harvest technology, processing, food quality and safety, value chain assessment and enterprise development, all with specific emphasis on tropical root and tuber crops.

FUNAAB will lead WP6 and make technical contributions to other WPs. The university will also serve as the coordinating hub in Nigeria. FUNAAB’s extension arm (AMREC) will undertake the demonstration of storage technologies for yam with small-holder households.

Principle scientific contact: Lateef Sanni

Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FIIRO) (

fiiroThe Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi ( is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. FIIRO provides research, consultancy, training and advisory services to accelerate the industrialization of the Nigerian economy through finding industrial utilization for the country’s raw materials and upgrading indigenous production techniques. Over the 50 years it has been in existence, FIIRO has worked extensively on post-harvest technology of root and tuber crops such as cassava and yam.

Staff at FIIRO will make technical contributions to the project and complement the skills of other partners, specifically in WPs 3 and 4.

Principle scientific contact: Dr Wahabi B Asiru

Peak Precision Products Nigeria Limited (Peak) (

Peak Precision Products Nigeria Ltd commenced cassava processing in 1997. The main products they produce are high quality cassava flour and cassava starch. The company designed, fabricated and pioneered the use of locally fabricated cassava processing equipment. Peak Precision accounts for over 80% of cassava processing equipment used by SMEs in Nigeria. The company’s core activities are cassava processing machinery fabrication and cassava processing, the firm has also engaged in technology transfer to Malawi in participation with Uganda and Tanzania.

Peak Precision Products Nigeria Ltd will be a key technology partner to the project. The company will participate in the development of appropriate root crop processing equipment and also in the validation and demonstration of developed technologies for root crops/wastes from root crop processing.

Principle scientific contact: Ayo Olubori

Nobex Technical Company Limited (Nobex)

Nobex Technical Company Ltd is an SME engineering firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. The company was established in 1998 and is licensed as fabricator and designer of Agro-Allied/Food processing machinery. Nobex specialize in the design and fabrication of post-harvest crop processing equipment like multi cassava processing, animal feed, drying, cleaning and storage.

Nobex will act as a local technology partner to the project, involved in the development, testing and demonstration of improved cassava/yam processing technologies.

Principle scientific contact: Adeoya Idowu




St. Baasa Ghana Limited

Established in 2009, St Baasa Ghana Limited (SBGL) is in the business of non-traditional food processing for the domestic and overseas markets, with the aim of adding value to farm produce and helping farmers have easy access to the markets. SBGL’s aim is for the farmers to be nearer to the direct source of raw material supply thereby avoiding buying from agents or middlemen who ply between farmers and food processing companies. SBGL stands to help reduce rural-urban migration.

SBGL will participate in the implementation of WP3, WP4 and WP5.

Principle scientific contact: Baah Dapaah

Caltech Ventures Ltd

caltechCaltech Ventures is an agro-processing company involved in the processing of cassava into high value products. Incorporated in 2005 as a private limited liability company, Caltech Ventures owns 2500 ha of farmland in the Volta Region of Ghana. 400 hectares is cultivated with soybean and an improved variety of cassava, supplying 3 ton/day of cassava flour to factories.

Caltech Ventures Ltd will participate in the implementation of WP3, WP4 and WP5.

Principle scientific contact: Chris Quarshie 

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (FRI) (

csirThe Food Research Institute  (FRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research conducts market-oriented applied research in the area of food science and technology and provides technical services and products to the food industry in Ghana. FRI is the lead institution for post-harvest research and development in Ghana, and is the first institute in West Africa to receive accreditation to ISO 17025.

FRI will lead WP2 and will make inputs in the implementation of WPs 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Principle scientific contact: Dr Nanam Tay Dziedzoave

Social Development and Improvement Agency LBG (SODIA)

The Social Development and Improvement Agency (SODIA) is a Non-Governmental Organisation in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. SODIA’s vision is to see rural communities live decently and assertive enough to claim for their rights. Since 2000 programmes have successfully managed projects in a variety of sectors in Health, Education, Water, Agriculture and Environment. SODIA is currently managing projects in the Northern Regions of Ghana that involve the commercialization of cassava products (C:AVA project) and has expertise in education and dissemination.

SODIA will be an implementing partner to the project specifically contributing in field demonstration of storage technologies for yam, and potentially some processing technologies for cassava. The organization has both technical and field staff who will help in the direct implementation of the project. The staff are experienced in the management of donor funded projects from all over the world.

Principle scientific contact: Aziizu Issifu 




National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) (

nstdaThe National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) is an agency with a high degree of autonomy and mobility in order to conduct, support, and promote efforts in scientific and technological development between the public and private sectors. As cassava is one of the most important crops of Thailand, a Cassava and Starch Technology Research Unit was established in 1995 under BIOTEC. BIOTEC aims to induce dynamics in research, development and application of biotechnology to support and transfer technology for the development of industry, agriculture, natural resources and the environment.

BIOTEC/NSTDA will be involved in WP4.

Principle scientific contact: Kuakoon Piyachomkwan 

Northeastern Starch (1987) Co Ltd (

LOGO BWNortheastern Starch is one of Thailand’s leading manufacturers and exporters of tapioca starch. Around 90% of its total output is exported to countries in the global market. The company purchases cassava root, an important raw material, from agriculturists to feed into the production process. Northeastern Starch is very conscious of the need for quality in both its product and in its entire production process, so its production line is strictly controlled by qualified and experienced staff.

The company has great interests in waste utilization and seeks for cost-effective technology to address that. In this project, Northeastern Starch will act as a technology recipient for converting cassava pulp and peel to starch and sugar syrups.

Principle scientific contact: Mr Anuwat Ruthaiyanont 




Vien Cong Nghe Sinh Hoc Va Thuc Pham / School of Biotechnology and Food Technology (SBFT) (

logo HUSTThe School of Biotechnology and Food Technology of Hanoi University of Science and Technology (SBFT) is one of the leading institutions in the field of biological engineering and food technology. Established in 1956, SBFT provides training and research in food and biotechnology, equipment development and process control. SBFT also offers consultancy services for solving technical problems in related industries. The School has expertise in food processing and product development, especially in beverage technology, food safety control and valorization. SBFT has rich experience in working with cassava and cassava product development.

Principle scientific contact: To Kim Anh