Africa Trade Fund

Support for African Cashew Industries Project-East and West AfricaDescription: This project has been granted by the African Development Bank via the Africa Trade Fund (AfTra). The objectives of the project include:i) To improve product quality and quantity of African cashew processorsii) To improve environmental management and sustainability in cashew processingiii) To promote gender awareness and enhanced economic participation of women under equal conditions in cashew processingGrant Period: June 2015-October 2016Target Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mozambique, and TanzaniaBeneficiaries: Cashew Processors, Rural small-scale farmers and womenKey Outcomes: At least 1,500 jobs to be created, 70% of which are for women including in supervisory and management roles of cashew processing; promoting environmentally sustainable cashew processing with a positive impact on environment through implementation of environmentally sustainable practices for cashew processors. Overall, the project seeks to improve rural livelihoods and enhance rural living standards by generating rural employment and improved incomes. It will also contribute to poverty reduction, contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment, contribute to processing competitiveness, and contribute to each country’s foreign exchange earnings.This page is made possible by the generous support of the African Development Bank. The contents are the responsibility of the African Cashew Alliance and do not necessarily reflect the views of the African Development Bank.