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Zambia’s Premiercon Starch Company Limited manufactures starch from cassava and sweet potato in the Kalumbila District. Founder Lubasi Yuyi had to quit his job to set up a business that would integrate household communities into the mining supply chain by finding something they could grow and sell back to the mines. He came up with a business plan, identifying all the technology and equipment needed to facilitate starch production from cassava for the mines with a capacity of 48 tonnes a day. Today, Premiercon have a dedicated laboratory at the facility to study all the uses of starch and possible ways of industrial applications.

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