USAID Towards Inclusive Markets Everywhere

This project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Description: The USAID Towards Inclusive Markets Everywhere (TIME) project unites three industry alliances (African Cashew Alliance (ACA), Global Shea Alliance (GSA), and Borderless Alliance (BA)). The TIME project aims to establish strong links between African cashew and shea farmers and international markets by promoting good farming practices and establishing strong buying relationships. These objectives are supported through collaborative efforts among the three Alliances, including advocacy to harmonize regional trade policies, farmer trainings in good agricultural practices, harvest and post-harvest techniques, and business skills, and the creation of partnerships and connections between farmer groups and other stakeholders in both the cashew and shea supply chains.

Grant Period: December 2013 - November 2016

Implementing Partners: Global Shea Alliance, Borderless Alliance

Target Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Togo

Beneficiaries: African cashew and shea farmers in rural communities

Key Outcomes: 2,000 jobs created in cashew and shea industries; cashew-driven revenue increased by $80 USD/year; shea-driven revenue increased by $100 USD/year; 500,000 MT of cashew and 300,000 MT of shea export facilitated; 12,000 cashew farmers linked to 3 cashew processors; 12,000 shea-collecting women linked to 10 buyers. Ultimately, this project will support crucial livelihoods for rural communities and empower African women to be competitive in the international market.


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