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Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by I-B.(f): 5:22pm On May 15
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Cassava bread is a Nigerian innovation in bakery.
Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has begun a mission to introduce African countries to Nigeria’s innovation in bakery, Cassava Bread.
Mr. Obasanjo, a goodwill ambassador for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, recently took the bread to Tanzania where he publicly munched the bread with the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mrisho Jakaya Kikwete.
Former President Benjamin Mkapa of the United Republic of Tanzania also ate the bread for the first time. The leaders supported the innovation, noting that it would bring several benefits to the continent.
The 40 per cent cassava bread was first developed by IITA in Nigeria, as part of efforts to boost the utilization of cassava and create market for farmers.
President Kikwete after inaugurating the IITA Science Building in Dar es Salaam on Monday commended IITA for the bread technology, saying that the bread had an “excellent” taste.
“There is no difference between this bread and the normal bread we are used to,” he added.
Mr. Obasanjo encouraged the Tanzania President to promote the use of cassava in confectionaries in his country to
transform agriculture. He noted that the use of cassava flour in bread would stimulate the demand for the root crop, create jobs and, more importantly, make farmers proud.
Mr. Obasanjo, in 2002 initiated a policy on 10 percent inclusion in bread under “the Presidential Initiative on Cassava,” program. The program which was implemented by IITA and national partners, drove the demand for cassava, increased productivity by about 10 million tons in 6 years, and made Nigeria the top world producer of cassava.


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Nwa_Nimo(m): 5:25pm On May 15
Heavily ‘Subsidized’ by Nigerian oil and blood.. . . .


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Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by c.fours: 5:48pm On May 15
good news. this should be on front page

This is what happens when human beings follow their true calling.
OBJ’s true calling is to be a farmer agriculturalist.
Nigeria may soon become bread basket of Africa if we keep up with this. I’m not Kidding

me sef, i’m looking for job in d ota farms. hope uncle segun can read dis post.


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Afam4eva(m): 5:50pm On May 15
Lol grin…Obasanjo should have been a comedian instead. The man no get shame grin

If we must export cassava bread, shouldn’t we package it well?


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Maxymilliano(m): 6:01pm On May 15
Agbe Loba himself … Keep up the good work ‘ambassador’.


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Tolexander(m): 6:19pm On May 15
operation feed the nation(OFN) Tanzanians!

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Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by pretty_boi(m): 6:39pm On May 15
Obj my man.


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by ihimami: 6:42pm On May 15
I hope he will sustain it. Good one from him
Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Imanuelle: 6:42pm On May 15
While others are critiquing cassava bread,

Others have been employed, and some others are gonna make billions from it. …..with time .

It’s really True, all humans aren’t created equally .

Some got empty skulls.


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Pastor Kun(m): 6:43pm On May 15
I just love Baba, he is a true African patriot.

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Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by ola_pluto(m): 6:44pm On May 15
On getting to work this morning, my Oga at the top came to me very happy. He had a brown envelope in his hands. I was getting excited, maybe my salary is to be increased, or I was to be sent to a conference. My eyes almost bulging as he opened the envelope….and there was the picture of OBJ! My boss and OBJ shaking hands in Tanzania. He was so happy and was say: ‘Thats me shaking hands with CHIEF Obasanjo, your ex-president’. I had to laugh along and be happy.
Sorry for diverting the post.

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Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by ogusbaba1(m): 6:45pm On May 15

Afam4eva: Lol grin…Obasanjo should have been a comedian instead. The man no get shame grin

If we must export cassava bread, shouldn’t we package it well?

hahahahah lols i dey tell u, see as d man serious finish sha

Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by action4real: 6:45pm On May 15
obj again
Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by i.meller: 6:45pm On May 15
Good one baba. Most of the other politicians needs to learn a thing or two from this Man. I cant stop admiring him.

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Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Sloganz: 6:45pm On May 15
Good lord that Obasanjo is one ugly man. Lawd Have Mercy lipsrsealed


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Michael Sokoto(m): 6:46pm On May 15
Baba akponrin! Baba agba! Baba himself! I luv dis guy die grin
Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Michael Sokoto(m): 6:47pm On May 15

Sloganz: Good lord that Obasanjo is one ugly man. Lawd Have Mercy lipsrsealed

handsome bobo u talkin about ni grin

Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by sun_temi(m): 6:47pm On May 15

Pastor Kun: I just love Baba, he is a true African patriot.

I just don’t know why I love this man too.

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Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Diasporan(m): 6:48pm On May 15

Afam4eva: Lol grin…Obasanjo should have been a comedian instead. The man no get shame grin

If we must export cassava bread, shouldn’t we package it well?

Bro what is the shame in it?I have seen Potato bread here and there is no exceptional way it was packaged.


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by sun_temi(m): 6:49pm On May 15
And see and their Presido dey look the bread like say Na poison baba give am.

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Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Imanuelle: 6:50pm On May 15
See the way Baba dey look the man like say he want smack am.
Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Arabanco87: 6:52pm On May 15

Sloganz: Good lord that Obasanjo is one ugly man. Lawd Have Mercy lipsrsealed

your grandpapa fine pass am?


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by angel TI(f): 6:52pm On May 15
where can one get it in lagos precisely?

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Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by olempe(m): 6:54pm On May 15
Hmmm… Impressive!
Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by rozayx5(m): 6:54pm On May 15
cool cool
Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by prosper86: 6:55pm On May 15
smiley cheesy Abeg I no understand!shey I’m carry d bread with flight go tanzania?
Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Richfella(m): 6:58pm On May 15

Afam4eva: Lol grin…Obasanjo should have been a comedian instead. The man no get shame grin

Naaa…he has something beautiful, an attitude called ‘I-don’t-give-a-fvck’ cool.


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by tailor(m): 6:58pm On May 15
even at old age he still bears fruits
Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by spongeback(f): 6:58pm On May 15
I once heard on TV a couple of years ago the AGATA AMATA show they had this guest that came to talk about cassava bread when obj was still president and playing with the idea of cassava been made into bread I just remembered what the lady said “have you had cassava bread b4? Pls don’t because if they use it to hit your head you will get a big bump”
Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by SLIDE waxie(m): 7:03pm On May 15
I trust that dude. My mentor!
He makes use if every situation!
No time to check time!


Re: Obasanjo Exports Cassava Bread To Tanzania by Michael Sokoto(m): 7:05pm On May 15
Chai! Baba exportin bread tinz grin

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August 3, 2013

Bammy bread bounces back

How an FAO project helped restore demand for a traditional Jamaican food product – and create new markets for the country’s beleaguered cassava farmers

Jamaica’s root crop producers were losing the battle against imported wheat

In mid-1992, FAO received a call for help from the Jamaican government. Local market demand for the root crop cassava had virtually evaporated, and the country’s cassava farmers were facing increasing economic hardship. The cause of cassava’s decline was the rapid growth in demand for bread made from wheat flour. Indeed, one of the island’s biggest new food enterprises was a flour mill built specifically to process wheat imported from Canada and the USA. Fewer and fewer Jamaicans were eating traditional foods, which meant a continually shrinking market for cassava and other long-established food crops produced by low-income small farmers.

Morton Satin, of AG’s Agricultural Support Systems Division in Rome, was immediately dispatched to Jamaica with a possible solution to the cassava crisis – the introduction of “wheatless” or high ration composite bread, which uses flours of indigenous origin in place of much of the wheat flour. Initially, however, Jamaican officials were not convinced. They pointed out that cassava was considerably more expensive than the highly subsidized, imported wheat. What’s more, conventional wheat bread was so well established in Jamaica that any alternative would meet great consumer resistance.

Local news. At breakfast in his Kingston hotel next morning, a somewhat discouraged Satin was browsing through the local newspaper when his eye fell on a small news item: a group of women in the village of Brown’s Hall were struggling to make ends meet selling something called Bammy bread. “I asked the waitress about it and she told me Bammy was a local bread made from the cassava root that people ate years ago. It was once the favourite accompaniment to a number of dishes, including fish, but you hardly saw it anymore.”

Cassava has been processed into a range of products in South America and the Caribbean since pre-Columbian times. Bread, pancakes and muffins (above) made from cassava flour are still produced in rural areas of Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela.

That same day, Morton Satin headed for Brown’s Hall with Robert Salmon, a local FAO staffer and – Satin says – “an unending source of local knowledge, customs and lore”. Salmon recounted nostalgically the process for making Bammy bread: first, the finely grated cassava root was heaped into baskets, then pressed overnight to squeeze out the juice, which contains a natural cyanide-based toxin. The cassava was then sifted to produce a coarse, cream-coloured flour that was piled into round metal rings and pressed down to form “bammies” – round cakes approximately 10 cm in diameter and 1 cm thick. The bammies were grilled on a hot, flat plate until golden brown.

Robert Salmon held that if people had easy access to bammies they wouldn’t hesitate buying them, despite the flood of wheat bread on the market. “Nothing,” he said, “goes better with fish than bammy”.

Finally at Brown’s Hall, Satin met the women’s group and took copious notes of the bammy production process. Youngsters peeled and washed the roots before passing them on to an old man who fed them into a rickety grinder. The pulp was drained of liquid in a simple hydraulic press, then sifted through wire mesh by three of the women. Once sifted, the cassava was piled into a metal rings on a thick flat iron plate over an enormous gas burner. The cooked bammies were then coolled and packaged in small, thin plastic bags.

“It was a fairly straightforward operation,” Satin says, “but the unsuitable hygienic conditions, the poor state of the equipment, the basic recipe used and the inferior packaging all contributed to a rather limited shelf-life of four to five days for the finished products. Considering the need to sell and distribute the products, this short shelf-life was a real constraint to the success of the operation.”

The women confirmed that sales were declining and that soon there would be no more bammy production in Jamaica: bad for the women of Brown’s Hall and bad for the few cassava farmers who continued to supply them.

Project Bammy. His enthusiasm renewed, Satin returned to Kingston and recommended a project to upgrade Bammy bread into a modern, convenient, marketable food product. The idea was accepted and Lorna Gooden, of Jamaica’s Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), set up a training facility with FAO-supplied equipment, including a sturdy grinder, a robust hydraulic press and standard-sized moulding rings. All the equipment was locally made and the designs continually tested and improved.

Our favourite Bammy recipe

1 lb (about 700g) grated cassava
Pinch of salt
1. Place grated cassava in a muslin cloth
2. Wring out, discard juice, add salt
3. Prepare each bammy by pressing one cup of the mixture into a small, greased frying pan
4. Cook over moderate heat, turning when edges shrink from the sides of the pan (about 10 minutes per side) 5. Soak bammies in coconut milk for 5-10 minutes
6. Fry or grill till light brown
7. Butter the bammies and serve hot with fried fish

With support from the national Food Technology Institute, the project determined which mould inhibitors – the same ones used in conventional bread making – were most effective in extending shelf life, tested various package methods, and even designed labels for the finished products. Women groups were trained in all phases of production and in business management as well.

In the years following termination of the project, Satin heard reports that Jamaica’s bammy production was increasing steadily, and that cassava production volume was also on the rise. But even this promising news did not prepare him for what he found on a recent visit to Jamaica: “To my astonishment, I saw Bammy bread in every supermarket – all standardised, beautifully packaged and labelled with the names of the individual cooperatives making them. I could barely believe it.” RADA’s Lorna Gooden had even more to tell. Bammy Bread was now being packaged, frozen and exported all the way to Europe and North America. In fact, cassava was sometimes imported to Jamaica to meet the burgeoning demand of the bammy makers. Jamaican Bammy Bread was truly a commercial success story.

At breakfast in his Kingston hotel next morning, Morton Satin saw mounds of hot, steaming bammies laid out beside the locally prepared fish and – although eggs, bacon and toast were also on offer – other guests returning to their tables with plates piled high with bammies. “And it’s true,” says Morton Satin. “Nothing goes better with fish than bammy!”

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Published November 1999


August 3, 2013

Cassava Bread, the Sweet Smell of Success

By Joelle Bassoul Mojon

Martha dusts a small table with flour then starts kneading the dough, before dividing it into tennis-sized balls. Next to her, Jennifer places the balls on a tray and straight into the oven’s open mouth. The sweet smell of baked bread suddenly fills the air. A few minutes later, the golden, warm rolls are taken out and brushed with margarine, turning into deliciously shiny pearls. The group of six women fills tray after tray, singing happily, oblivious to the sticky mud and pouring rain engulfing their open air bakery in Mwandama, Malawi.

And they have every reason to be happy. Since 2009, the Katete cassava bakery has been going from strength to strength. ‘We were only farming our small plots. We wanted to improve our lives and make an income,’ says Martha Simoko, 62. So a group of women approached the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) and suggested the bakery idea, using locally produced cassava. The small plot of land was given for free by a village headman and the MVP built the oven, at a cost of 500 USD, under a temporary roofed shelter. The group today counts 14 women. They have divided themselves into smaller groups, each using the oven 2 days per week. The MVP and the Malawi Entrepreneurship Development Institute (MEDI) provided a two-week training. ‘We learned to bake bread, doughnuts and cakes, and to fry cassava meatballs,’ explains Martha, displaying a heart-shaped baking tray for special occasions.

The women pull their resources together to buy the ingredients: cassava flour, eggs, yeast, margarine, etc. They bake about 120 bread loaves a day, sold at 20 kwacha (1 US cent) each. Every single kwacha of profit they make goes into a common account. At the end of the year, they divide their earning equally. In 2010, each of the 14 women received 5,000 kwacha (33 USD). ‘I used the money to pay my daughter’s school fees. She’s a secondary school pupil in Zomba,’ the nearest town, 42-year-old Jennifer proudly says. That’s no small feat in a region where girls are more often seen in the fields than in classrooms. ‘Without this money, it would have been a problem to cover the fees. So I’ll keep on baking.’

The women do face some challenges though. ‘We don’t really have a shelter from the rain and we have to get firewood for the oven,’ says Martha. In an area where population growth has pushed villagers to cut down trees and farm the surrounding hills, finding firewood means walking long distances. Nonetheless, ‘I’m enjoying this very much and the community is very happy with the bread,’ adds this mother of six. Previously, Mwandama had no bakery and the only available bread was brought in from nearby towns and sold at a high price. ‘Now we have fresh, warm bread, and it sells fast,’ says Jennifer who gives her own children a roll to take to school or enjoy with a heart-warming tea.

In 2011, 6 more bakeries are scheduled to start in Mwandama. The community’s interest is so high that another group of women have already donated 3,000 bricks for a new oven.

‘The goal is to set up a real bakery to produce quality bread products. It will provide better working conditions for the women and create conditions for hygienic processing of the bread and cakes,’ says Roselyne Omondi, the regional business advisor at The MDG Centre, which oversees the Millennium Villages Project in East and Southern Africa. The new bakery will be ‘mid-sized, with larger surface area, electric equipment -ovens and mixers-, packaging, storage and distribution facilities.’

RANGEL CALLS OUT white Crackers in the Tea parties!

August 3, 2013

Rangel Hits Tea Partiers, Calls Them ‘White Crackers’

The 83-year-old Democrat excoriated the group and its tactics, but said members could be defeated the same way activists fought segregation.

By Lynette Holloway

Updated Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at 4:24 PM

In an interview with the Daily Beast published Friday, eighty-three-year-old Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) railed against the Tea Party, likening members to whites in the South who fought to preserve segregation during the civil rights movement. He also hit Republicans, accusing the party of sabotaging American competitiveness.

… There is little question that Rangel is nearing the end. First elected 43 years ago, after having defeated the man whose name adorns the building where the congressman keeps his office, he is musing aloud now about what he once forbade anyone to discuss with him: his own retirement.

But even at 83, dressed in a blue bow tie and crisp gray suit, Rangel is relentless toward those who he feels are slowing the forces of progress.

House Republicans? Have done more damage to American competitiveness than al Qaeda ever could. “What is happening is sabotage. Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”

The Tea Party? Defeat them the same way segregation was beaten. “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”

Surely there are some good Republicans though, right.

“Chris Christie, who is a big Northeasterner, and people only go for Christie because he is reasonable. He says something nice about the president helping out Jersey and now he is on the hit list by Republicans,” Rangel said. “And now my friend Peter King is on their hit list. Peter King, a Republican, is considered a goddamn communist.”

Read more at the Daily Beast.

NINA SIMONE’S BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY MUST NOT BE DESTROYED by this imitation white girl looking “sister”!

August 2, 2013 Zoe Saldana Is Too ‘Light Skinned’ To Play Nina Simone? Petition Started To Recast The High Priestess of Soul

Is Zoe Saldana too “light skinned” to play Nina Simone? The Avatar actress was recently cast as The High Priestess of Soul for an upcoming biopic, but not everyone agrees with the casting choice.

A petition has been circulated on asking the producers of the film to re-cast the role with a dark skinned actress.

The petition reads:

“Nina Simone, dubbed The High Priestess of Soul, is an American icon and a music legend. Because of this, it is without a doubt straight up disrespectful to Ms. Simone and her legacy to get an actress who looks nothing like she did to portray her in a movie about her life. Getting light complexioned actors to play the roles of dark complexioned historical figures is not only a sign of blatant disrespect to the persons they are portraying, but it is also disrespectful to their families, to history, to the people who look like the persons being whitewashed, and to the intelligence of the audience.”

NPR reports that Simone, who passed away in 2003, said often in interviews that she felt that Hollywood penalized dark-skinned actors. Simone Kelly,(PICTURED in 3rd picture) the singer’s daughter, also said that she wasn’t happy with the choice to cast Saldana.

Kelly said:

“My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark. Appearance-wise (Zoe Saldana) is not the best choice.”

According to the Huffington Post, Saldana will wear a prosthetic nose and an afro wig and will have her skinned darkened for the role. Here’s a picture of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone.

Kelly adds that there are a number of dark-skinned actresses who could have been cast for the movie. Kelly said that she would have liked to see Viola Davis or Kimberly Elise in the role. Kelly said that her mother wanted Whoopi Goldberg to play her.

The petition continues:

“For too long Hollywood has gotten away with this practice of revisionist history and it is time that we let our voices be heard, be it by this petition or by boycotting the movie if no change has been made as to who will portray Nina Simone.”


August 2, 2013

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