Higher yields, increased income and new jobs
The initiative, which is coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, works along the entire value chain, from production, processing and marketing right through to export. Experts give the producers advice about cashew farming and operational management.
Since 2009, more than 430,000 cashew farmers have taken part in further training, enabling them to increase their total earnings by more than EUR 100 million.
The farmers have also formed a cooperative in order to sell their harvests more efficiently and forge contacts with companies that process cashew nuts locally. By providing local processing companies with strong advice and support, the initiative has succeeded in raising processing capacity in the five producer countries from 9,000 tonnes to 250,000 tonnes in 2016. In addition, more than 440,000 new jobs have been created – 75 per cent in production, 25 per cent in trade and processing.