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  • Cashew sector in Burkina: Pro-cashew, a new project to boost the sector 11/04/2022

    Apr 11th, 2022

    The US government supports Burkina Faso in promoting the cashew sector. This Thursday, March 7 in Ouagadougou, he launched the Pro-cashew project as part of the promotion of the cashew sector in Burkina Faso. Lasting five years with funding of 2 million dollars, or more than one billion CFA francs, this project aims to develop the cashew nut sector in Burkina. Through this initiative, the actors plan to improve the efficiency and quality of production and trade by contributing to the development of more coherent regional policies in terms of trade and investment. It is also, according to the director of Pro-cashew, Jean François Guay, a way of stimulating the trade in cashew nuts by improving harvesting and post-harvest techniques. But also, he says, supporting supply chain links between farmers and agribusinesses. In the logic of the project, according to the representative of the United States Ambassador, Gai Nyok, it is, among other things, to increase the productivity and efficiency of farmers in the cashew nut value chain. , rehabilitate orchards and build the capacity of cooperatives and producer organizations. Le représentant du ministre du développement industriel, du commerce, de l’artisanat et des petites et moyennes entreprises, Boubacar Traoré, a salué ce soutien du peuple américain avant de féliciter l’ONG ‘’Cultiver de nouvelles frontières en agriculture’’(CNFA) pour son engagement pour la réussite de l’évènement. Pour le représentant du ministre, la filière anacarde est dans une bonne dynamique de développement au "pays des hommes intègres". In terms of contribution to the national economy, he confides, the export of cashew nuts has generated more than 390.9 billion CFA francs in export revenue between 2015 and 2019. Cashew, he continues, is Burkina Faso's third largest export product after gold and cotton. In terms of profitability, the sector employs more than 60,000 producer households and more than 11,000 people in the processing link. And this event which is part of the promotion of the cashew sector is to be welcomed at its true value, suggested the representative of the Minister. In addition to this activity, he recalled that the Burkinabè government has been committed to this logic of promotion since 2019 through the creation of the Burkinabè Cashew Council (CBA). At this project launch ceremony were present state agencies, associations and groups of the cashew sector, processors, producers. This will involve presenting them with the various activities of the Pro-cashew project in West Africa, taking stock of the activities carried out during the 2020-2021 campaign, discussing the responsibilities and collaborations planned between the actors of the project in order to facilitate its implementation and to proceed to the signature of the contracts with the partners beneficiaries of the subsidies of the project in Burkina Faso. Moreover, the initiative was undertaken by partners such as the USDA as part of the pro-cashew project which aims to increase the productivity and efficiency of cashew nut producers. This project spans five West African countries, including Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Benin.