ACA brings stakeholders together to plan for next decade

The Trade Hub participated in the African Cashew Alliance (ACA)’s Cashew Stakeholders Forum held in Ghanaian capital Accra on March 29 to develop a joint vision for the growth of the sector in Africa. Organized by the ACA in collaboration with USAID/West Africa and GiZ/Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew), the event presented a detailed status update… Read More

Hub looks to build links with cashew exporters at Côte d’Ivoire trade fair

More than 5,000 visitors and 20 exhibitors and institutional partners met in Abidjan from November 17-19 at the second edition of the International Exhibition of Cashew Processing Equipment and Technologies (SIETTA). With 700,000 tons of cashew produced in 2015, Côte d’Ivoire has surpassed India to become the world’s largest cashew producer. However, only 10% of… Read More

Trade Hub builds capacity of Global Shea Alliance member FIKA-CI in Cote D’Ivoire

A key strategic object of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the regional capacity of partners. One example is the collaboration with the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) to promote its organizational sustainability and improve service delivery to its membership. The goal of this collaboration is to increase the amount of shea… Read More

Deal with Coris Bank paves way for $17 million in loans to agro-processors

Through an agreement signed September 8 with Trade Hub, the regional Coris Bank group—with subsidiaries in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Togo, and soon Benin and Senegal—will award up to $17 million in loans for business expansion of small and medium processors and exporters working in cereals, cashew, shea, and other value chains. The Trade… Read More

Two cashew enterprises in Côte d’Ivoire receive $6.26 million to increase processing capacity

Two cashew businesses in Côte d’Ivoire have benefited from the Trade Hub’s network of Financial Advisors earlier this year, receiving a total of US$6.26 million as working capital and investment for a new cashew-processing facility. This type of financing supports the Ivorian Government’s policy to promote increased cashew processing in-country, generating jobs and furthering investments.… Read More

African Cashew Alliance trains managers, presents new technologies with Trade Hub backing

Three days of intensive instruction in cashew business management and new market information system (MIS) technologies launched the African Cashew Alliance’s (ACA) second phase of its regional trainings for select industry players from Burkina Faso, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire. The May 17-19 workshop in Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, was part of an 18-month training… Read More

Côte d’Ivoire’s surging mango and cashew industries are ripe for improvement, Trade Hub finds

Côte d’Ivoire leads West Africa in regional and global exports of fresh mangoes, and is well positioned to become the world’s largest producer of raw cashew nuts. In February 2016, the Trade Hub spent three weeks assessing plantations, meeting exporter associations, and visiting processing facilities in northern Côte d’Ivoire and uncovered multiple obstacles—and promising assets—to… Read More

Managing cashew processing waste helps profits and the environment

West Africa’s cashew processing industry is expanding, leading to more opportunities for value-added exports in this important Trade Hub value chain and creating job opportunities, mostly for women (who make up 90% of cashew factory employees). Along with this growth, however, comes a significant challenge—managing the extensive, environmentally harmful waste generated during processing, which comprises… Read More

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