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Activity Sustainable Approaches to Agro processing and Value Chain Development of Root and Tuber Crops in the Caribbean (update)
Country Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
Last update: 18/10/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministery of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Chanderdew Kesharie
Budget US - US Dollar 491,000
Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago 
Url fns-suriname.getopensocial.com/node/368 
Summary The project will address some of the bottlenecks identified as serious constraints to the development of root and tuber value chains. It will address some critical after-production issues such as the identification and supply of suitable equipment for farmers and small-scale processors to reduce the laborious work associated with harvesting and processing of roots and tubers. It will also support product development along the value chain and marketing assessment as well as the provision of best practice information in the form of technical packages to enable producers to provide a constant and consistent supply of raw material for processors. Processing of raw materials into intermediates that are food safe, meet quality standards and are cost effective is a crucial aspect in the further development of value-added food chains, but is often overlooked. The further development of this link will create additional opportunities for the marketing of consumer end products as well as direct the further development of the agronomic practices and selection of appropriate and high-yielding crop varieties by farmers.
Background Processing of raw materials into intermediates that are food safe, meet quality standards and are cost effective is a crucial aspect in the further development of value-added food chains, but is often overlooked. The further development of this link will create additional opportunities for the marketing of consumer end products as well as direct the further development of the agronomic practices and selection of appropriate and high-yielding crop varieties by farmers.

The currently situation in the Caribbean countries is as following:
* import, on average, approximately 456,000 MT of wheat for flour, and 380,000 MT of corn, mainly for poultry feed, and 68,000 MT of potato annually.
* roots and tubers are exported in small volumes outside of the region, mainly as a fresh product, with varying volumes being traded intra-regionally.

Traditionally, root and tuber crops are utilized for food (fresh root or processed) and animal feed at the farm level.

The project will address critical bottlenecks of root and tuber value chains:
* after-production issues such as the identification and supply of suitable equipment for farmers and small-scale processors to reduce the laborious work associated with harvesting and processing of roots and tubers.
* It will also support product development along the value chain and marketing assessment
* the provision of best practice information in the form of technical packages to enable producers to provide a constant and consistent supply of raw material for processors.
Objective Development of inclusive agribusinesses/enterprises and creation of employment and income opportunities to improve the food and nutrition security status of the countries involved.
Setup and activities



(Expected) Results Selected Cassava value chains commercially developed, and actors cooperate to some extent with a positive effect on the value chain
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
2.2 Production Chain 6. Processing
2.3 Commodity group Food crops
2.4 Food Crops Cassava (Manihot)
Role Person name
Project leader person details Chanderdew Kesharie