IITA Zambia Agripreneurs train youths on cassava-based food production

To enhance the capacity of youths within some provinces in Zambia, the Zambia IITA Youth Agripreneurs (ZIYA) conducted training on cassava value addition for 11 female ZIYA members at the IITA Southern Africa Research and Administration Hub (IITA-SARAH) campus in Kabangwe, Lusaka Province.

The training which took place from 6th -16th March was conducted with support from the Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa (SARD-SC) project.

The 10-day hands-on course covered the various steps in preparing cassava-based food products – from roots preparation (cleaning, peeling, chipping, and drying) to processing and cooking/baking with focus on confectionaries such as biscuits, chin-chins, fritters, tidbits, and cupcakes.

The Deputy Director General, Corporate Service, Ms Hilda Koper who was on a familiarization visit to the Southern hub advised the youths to create a business from the things learnt.