December 2013 Newsletter

As 2013 comes to a close, the African Cashew Alliance is still busy strengthening the African Cashew Sector through various activities.  In this newsletter, we picked out our favorite moments of the past year, highlighted the many health benefits of our favorite nut, and give you updates on the latest ACA activities, from Conferences in Vietnam and Tanzania to a growing family of ACA Seal Processors.  Thank you for your support in 2013, and we are looking forward to another "nutty" year ahead.

ACA Seal and the I SEAL Alliance

The ISEAL Alliance is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to strengthen sustainability standards systems for the benefit of people and the environment. They do that by developing codes for standard setting; they would for example evaluate the ACA Quality and Sustainability Seal and advise on the robustness of the system in...

ACi Update: Master Training Program

A Master Training Program to promote the African Cashew Value Chain

From 9th- 14th December, the first session of the Master Training Program took place at IBA Hotel in Bobo-Dioulasso, the regional capital of Houet Province, situated in the main cashew growing area of Burkina Faso. All together 62 participants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone and...

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Cashews: A Bite-Sized Bundle of Benefits

by: Allyse McGrath

Based on Dr. Kantha Shelke's Presentation at the ACA World Cashew Festival and Expo 2013

I am here to debunk one of the world’s greatest myths, one that has plagued the minds of hearts of snackers everywhere for years. Cashews are NOT unhealthy. I repeat, cashews are not unhealthy.  In fact, cashews are one of the best snacks you can pick up...

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Country Update: A Rise in Cashew Processing on the Horizon in Tanzania

Sector and Government agencies in Tanzania are shifting their focus to cashew processing as an industry with great economic potential.  Currently, Tanzania produces over 150,000 TPA of RCN, however the current installed processing capacity is less than 20% of this annual crop.  Various stakeholders in the country are taking action to change this deficit in processing capacity in...

Highlights of 2013

The year 2013 was filled with great moments for the African Cashew Alliance. It was very difficult to pick our favorite ones!

Condor Nuts signs on for ACA Seal, expanding program in East Africa. They joined Southern Jumbo Cashew, the first East African processor to begin the ACA Seal program. read more

Family of ACA Seal-Approved Processors Grows and Strengthens

The ACA Quality and Sustainability Seal Program is setting standards for African processors as a way to attract international buyers and to reduce in-factory costs.  As the first internationally recognized “stamp of approval” for cashew nuts, the ACA seal will help bridge the gap between the production line and the consumer’s demands for quality and social benchmarks. Specifically, the...

International Conference in Vietnam - Africa Cashew Development

The Managing Director, Roger Brou attended a 2-day cashew workshop, from the 28th-29th of November, dedicated to Africa-Vietnam cashew trading.  The workshop was organized by Vietnam Cashew Association VINACAS and attracted a variety of Vietnamese cashew stakeholders along with Government representatives. Representatives from the National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), the...