The Cashew Value Chain

In 2005, the Trade Hub co-founded the African Cashew Alliance with private and public sector partners across the industry and around the world. The ACA has brought the industry together leading to a $25 million grant in 2009 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the African Cashew Initiative. With $25 million in cash and in-kind contributions from the industry, this $50 million project will increase farmer incomes, increase processing capacity and improve marketing of cashew in world markets.


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Live Blogging from the 6th Annual Conference of the African Cashew Alliance
Xander Kent - on - 20 September, 2011
6th Annual Conference Set for Banjul, The Gambia, Sept. 19-22, 2011
Joe Lamport - on - 2 September, 2011

More than 200 stakeholders have registered for the 6th annual conference of the African Cashew Alliance in Banjul, The Gambia, Sept. 19-22. This year's conference features the first World Cashew Expo, site visits to industry...

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5th Annual ACA Conference: Empower the Industry
Ben Coleman - on - 26 July, 2010

The African Cashew Alliance's 5th Annual Conference will be held in Maputo, Mozambique, September 14-16, 2010.

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  • Strike deals with buyers, investors and other business partners from around the world at the Business2Business forum!
  • Learn about the...

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Joe Lamport - on - 13 May, 2010

In 2008, a cashew processing company in Tchaourou, Benin, opened its doors. Today it employs 300 people who are producing about 300 metric tons of cashew...

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Ghana Cashew Day
Tradewinds story: ACA 4th Conference story
Joe Lamport - on - 10 November, 2009

The Trade Hub held yet another successful ACA conference, bringing together leaders from the world of cashew.

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Success Story: Mme Kone rocks the world with cashew processing
Joe Lamport - on - 10 November, 2009

Mme Kone's enterprise has developed from a 2-person cashew processing activity to a full-blown cashew processing enterprise - in 5 years!

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Press Release: ACA to improve access to finance for cashew
Joe Lamport - on - 10 November, 2009

USAID/West Africa grants $146,000 to ACA to improve access to finance for cashew businesses (Press Release, Nov. 10, 2009).

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Why is Cashew important to West Africa?

Hundreds of thousands of rural farmers across West Africa earn income selling raw cashew nuts, roughly 90% of which are exported for processing elsewhere. Increasing local processing capacity would create tens of thousands of jobs, produce hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and increase incomes poor rural farmers.

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