Partnering to Unlock the Potential of Nigeria's Cassava Value Chain

Context Global Development
4 min readMar 11, 2021


Originally published August 2016.

Context Global Development® partners with Nigeria’s largest HQCF processor to establish an on-farm, commercial cassava seed multiplication system

Context Global Development® (CGD) formed a partnership with Nigeria’s largest High-Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) processor, Flour Mills of Nigeria, to establish an innovative and commercially viable cassava stem business model that will serve high quality cassava value chains, including small-holder farmers (SHF).

Cassava is the most important food crop for Nigeria, where it has high poverty-reduction potential because of its low production cost, widespread cultivation, and job creation capacity — especially for women and rural youth. However, its income raising potential is stifled by the absence of an economically sustainable, integrated cassava seed system that would enable farmers to access affordable, high performing cassava seed varieties.

Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria (BASICS) is a four-year program aimed at sustainably improving farmers’ access to high quality and affordable cassava planting materials through the development and promotion of commercial models for seed provision. Our Processor-Led Model (PLM) component is anchored on a high-quality cassava flour processor, which possesses the incentive, means, and market power to spur farmer adoption of high quality cassava planting materials. Processors and farmers both stand to benefit from the former’s engagement in seed selection, multiplication, and commercialization.


The goal of the PLM is to develop a sustainable commercial model for cassava seed systems in Nigeria that enables smallholder farmers to access clean, improved planting material of farmer and industry preferred varieties. PLM aims to increase farm-level returns by vertically integrating high quality cassava processors into cassava seed multiplication. These processors then drive varietal improvement and anchor a local seed distribution network.

The BASICS program is run by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, and implemented by IITA, NRCRI, CGD, CRS, FERA, NASC and Sahel. The program will build the capacity of Nigerian institutions and other stakeholders, including both men and women cassava farmers, processors and commercial seed producers to develop and put in to place a testing, field inspection and certification system for cassava seed.

This will, in turn, help fast-track improved breeders’ cassava varieties to farmers and ensure that good quality, disease-free planting materials are in use throughout the industry to improve productivity and incomes for farmers and their families.

Initially, the PLM will seek to test and prove the establishment of an economically sustainable planting material multiplication system. This includes the first-ever use of Argentinian lab-based macro propagation techniques, combined with on-farm nursery and demonstration plots. Once the business case has been established in Year 1, the program will then be scaled-up to include more Nigerian cassava processors in years 2–4. To support the upscaling of PLM, the program is developing a set of resources and tools, called BAQSTOPs, that processors can leverage to implement similar processor-led models quickly, provide personnel with the tools to monitor them efficiently, and instill operational excellence.

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Context Global Development® (CGD) is a non-profit organization that leads agricultural and social impact programs worldwide.