The SFOAP programme in Burundi supports the organisation CAPAD which is member of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF). CAPAD assisted Cassava smallholder farmers of two cooperatives , helping them to introduce disease resistant varieties of cassava and to develop business plans for its selling.
"Ms GAHIMBARE, mother of five children, has been a member of TUBEHONEZA cooperative since its establishment and has already benefited from several trainings on cassava production techniques. She explained that being the first source of income in their household, cassava was grown on 40 Ares in 2015 and, at harvest, her family sold at the market the entire production for approximately Euros 320 (BIF 650,000). The family made the decision to build a modern house with bricksand sheet metal. They are now happy for that achievement given that their first house was in straw. Her husband used the remainder of the income to start-up a grocery business at the local market.
Mr Adrien NKESHIMANA is the head of a household with five children. The area of his cassava production is 60 Ares. Thanks to the support of CADAP, he harvested 3 tons of cassava and he sold the production at approximately Euros 960 (BIF 2,000,000). With this income, he built a home of durable materials and the livelihoods of his family have been improved. For his household, cassava is the main source of income. With earnings from cassava, they can cover health care and school fees.
Mrs Jocelyne NSANZIMANA is a mother of three children and she is involved in growing cassava cuttings in an area of 14 Ares. She is the main supplier of cassava cuttings to the TUBEHONEZA cooperative. She is known throughout the municipality as a producer of quality cassava cuttings. It is thanks to this business that she managed to buy solar energy and her family currently lives in a well-lit house and looks forward to being a cassava producer.
The processing of cassava into quality flour, access to credits and other activities carried out under the SFOAP project have completely changed the mind-sets of members of the cooperative and other producers in the community because they have recently discovered that cassava became « White Gold» in their households.”