Burkina Faso to host 2024 ACA Annual Cashew Conference and Expo

Burkina Faso has been announced as the host of the next edition of the African Cashew Alliance (ACA) Annual Cashew Conference and Expo.

This announcement was made by the President of the Board of Directors of ACA, Mr Babatola Faseru, at the closing ceremony of the 17th ACA Annual Cashew Conference and Expo on Wednesday, 20th September 2023 in Saly, Senegal.

The next edition which will be held in September 2024 will be the 18th edition of the Conference since its inception in 2006.

This will be the first time Burkina Faso, one of the producers of cashew in Africa will be hosting the cashew world.  

“Burkina Faso remains a very important country for the cashew industry and has been part of the history of the ACA since its inception. The Board has been impressed by the show of commitment by the Comité Interprofessionnel de l'Anacarde du Burkina Faso (CIAB), the Conseil Burkinabé de l'Anacarde (CBA) and the Burkinabe Ministry of Agriculture to host the ACA Cashew Conference and Expo in 2024,” Mr. Faseru said.

In response, the President of the CIAB, Mr. Ibrahim Sanfo, expressed appreciation to the Board and Management of the ACA on behalf of the actors and stakeholders of the Burkinabe Cashew industry for trusting them to host the 18th Edition of the biggest cashew event in Africa.

“Together with our partners and the government, we will put all the necessary measures in place to host a successful and historic conference in Burkina Faso in 2024,” he assured.

With Burkina Faso set to host its first ACA Conference, this will be the third successive ACA Conference with first time hosts, following Nigeria in 2022 and Senegal in 2023.

Senegal will also become the tenth country to host the largest cashew event in Africa, joining countries like Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Tanzania, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.  

The ACA Annual Cashew Conference and Expo is held in different cashew producing countries in Africa. The Conference is normally held in September and usually attracts around 500 participants before COVID19. The conference involves several learning forums, practical sessions and field trips to cashew processing factories or cashew plantations. ACA has so far held 17 annual conferences, with the last edition held in Saly, Senegal. The conference hosted 400 participants from 28 countries.