ISABB Journal of
Food and Agricultural Sciences

  • Abbreviation: ISABB. J. Food and Agric. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1937-3244
  • DOI: 10.5897/ISABB-JFAS
  • Start Year: 2011
  • Published Articles: 38

Full Length Research Paper

Analysis of cassava production and processing by various groups in support of cassava value chain in the south west of Nigeria

Ola Ogunyinka
  • Ola Ogunyinka
  • Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Medway Campus, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TB, United Kingdom.
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Adedayo Oguntuase
  • Adedayo Oguntuase
  • CAVA2, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 26 February 2020
  •  Published: 31 January 2020


The study aimed to analyse cassava production and processing in the 5 highest cassava producing states in the south west of Nigeria. A multistage sampling procedure was used to select 136 smallholder farmers producing cassava in the study area. Primary data were collected using a structured questionnaire and an interview schedule while the data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings revealed that, within the study area, male headed households dominate (67%), average size of the household is six while the primary occupation of the household head is farming. The average yield per hectare for improved varieties is about 18 tons and that for local varieties is about 10 tons. The average price of a ton of fresh cassava roots (FCR) is US$55.5. There is no significant relationship between the socioeconomic characteristics of the smallholder farmers and the varieties planted but there is a significant relationship between the varieties grown and the processed products. It is therefore recommended that while farmers continue to grow cassava for local food use, they should plant the improved varieties for increased yield while also targeting markets for industrial uses to improve income from the sale of fresh cassava roots.


Key words: Smallholder farmers, cassava production, processing, value addition.