The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwich has recognized a local technological device developed by a Nigerian on the transformation of the cassava value chain development and other crops in Africa. The technology, ‘flash dryer’ dries agricultural products such as yam, cassava, potato and other granulated food commodities for elongated shelf life.
Mr Idowu Adeoya of Nobex Technical Company Limited, who came up with the innovation, specialises in equipment for drying and roasting root and tuber crops.
The project that propped up the improvement of the design by Nobex Technologies was an initiative of Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA), facilitated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and executed through multiple partnerships. Mr Adeoya said “CAVA and CAVA2 really exposed us to international markets,” adding that “we had not exported any equipment before CAVA,” he continued. The device has been successfully exported to Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda, and Mr Adeoya attributed this success to the achievements of CAVA and CAVA2.
The University of Greenwich acknowledged that the smallholder farmers have benefited and would continue to improve their means of livelihood with the use of value-adding devices in the post-harvest management of their roots and tubers crops.