Two months after participating of the Youth Technical Training Program (YTTP) in Cruz das Almas, Bahia, Brazil, Clement Ati, a 23 years old small rural entrepreneur from Techiman, south Ghana, is starting to increase trainings with his employees, sharing the knowledge acquired during the one-week course in Brazil.
Clement founded the PaaClee Cassava Processing Company in 2014. The businees is focused in the production of gari, a kind of cassava flour, but the YTTP showed to the young agripreneur other possibilities. “We are making plans to include cassava starch”.
Clement have started to work with his team short after returning to Techiman, in December. “I started training them on the good practices of cassava processing but because of Christmas we couldn’t do much”. Now the plans are to increase the work. “Some products are new to them so it is very important to brief them on the new ones, like beiju and tapioca”.
The young Ghanaian believes that capacitating the group with the knowledge acquired in Brazil will help “to get market for our products. We all have to collectively produce products that can meet both local and international market”.
Clement is one of the participants that attended the last class of the YTTP, held in November 2018. The seven young women and men from Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ivory Coast received a training on climate resilient post harvest management of cassava at the base of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) in Cruz da Almas.
The program was carried out by the Brazil Africa Institute, funded by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by the Embrapa technical team.