Niji Foods

Partnership period: September 2016 – April 2018

Country: Nigeria

ACHIEVEMENTS: Niji Foods completed the construction of three cassava peel processing sites and conducted training courses for 753 female cassava peelers and processors during the program partnership.

PURPOSE: Fill a market gap by producing livestock feed from cassava peels and selling the mash to animal feed businesses as a low-cost substitute for maize. Nigeria is the world’s leading producer of cassava, but peels are left unused and wasted during processing.

APPROACH: Niji Foods, with the International Livestock Research Institute, established three cassava peel processing centers. By recruiting and training staff on critical operations and business management, Niji Foods created the processing centers and also provided long-term local employment. Ultimately, they handed over partial ownership of the centers to at least three women’s groups.