The organic cassava plantation in Bali is the local farmers' effort to reclaim abandoned rice paddies that have dried up. Cassava (manioc) cultivation is less labor intensive and requires much less water than rice farming. Together with a local farming association, PMA is committed to buy all the crops from these local organic farmers and then process them to become organic cassava chips.
After rice and corn, cassava root is the third largest source of carbohydrates in tropical countries in Asia and Africa. The starchy root can be prepared and processed many different ways. When made into chips, cassava chips are healthier and more stable than potato chips when processed in high temperature. PMA uses RBD (Refined, Bleached & Deodorized) organic coconut oil from a local producer to fry the chips.
This project is also made possible with our partnership with DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) – a Public Partner program of develoPPP.de, which was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to match private sectors investment with farmers in developing countries. DEG supports training for the farmers, certification as well as providing the machinery for deep-frying and packaging.