Gathering in cooperatives the women transforming cassava into tapioca
Benin, Couffo department, village of Dékandji
April 2018 – May 2020
CUMA Bénin and Union Nationale des CUMA du Bénin
100 women dispatched into 5 groups of transformers
Heart of the project
A growing demand for processed local products
Cassava is an essential product in the local diet and tapioca, resulting from its transformation, is in great demand locally. The women’s groups supported by the project have mastered cassava processing techniques in tapioca but lack the means to cope with growing local demand: only 47% of the demand they face has been met in 2017.
Gathering finances and efforts
The solution consists of grouping the women processors into a farm equipment cooperative (CUMA). They will be trained and supported both for their internal organization (management and governance) but also for the development of their transformation activities by pooling their resources (human, technical and financial).
Bringing tapioca processors together into structured CUMAs and strengthening their organizational and management skills
Supporting women processors to access equipment that reduces the hardship of work, to increase their productivity to improve their income and living conditions
Multiplication by 2 of production as well as income and profits