The present study aims to provide a summary of the most important lessons learned on how
to facilitate access to financial services and climate risk management tools, for small actors
in the cassava and potato value chains in Africa. The findings of the study are the result of
a series of analyses, diagnostics and evaluations conducted between 2017 and 2018 under
the project “Strengthening linkages between small actors and buyers in the roots and tubers
sector in Africa”. This project – more commonly known as the African Roots and Tubers
(ART) Project – is funded by the European Union through the African Caribbean and Pacific
Group of States and was implemented by FAO between 2015 and 2019.
The objective of the project was to improve the livelihoods of small value chain actors
(mainly producers and processors) engaged in the roots and tubers (R&T) value chains in
selected African countries: Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.