ACAJOU - iCA (5 countries) - A contribution to the cashew business

January 2011
December 2013
Project cost
440 000 €
Role in the project
Expert strategy / populars science


Benin Burkina Faso Côte d’Ivoire Ghana Mozambique


Agriculture Agroprocessing





Main goals

To improve the competitiveness of African production of cashew nut and to reduce durably poverty in the five countries of the project: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Mozambique.

Specific objectives

  • To support the Professional Agricultural Organizations in increasing volumes of processed nuts in partnership with OLAM Ivoire (inclusive business).
  • To strengthen capacities of control of certification systems and upgrading of small producers and their organizations.
  • To professionalize and perpetuate the activity through the implementation of financing tools adapted to the needs of the cashew sector in Ivory Coast.


  • Professional Agricultural Organizations
  • 150 000 cashew producers


A1. Participation in the formulation of popularization tools on Good Agricultural Practices for 3 countries: Ivory Coast, Benin, Burkina Faso
A2. Design of a standardized training module for the 5 countries of the project on quality control: from sampling up to quality evaluation
A3. Design of the N'KALO booklet presenting the system of information and accompaniment on the markets for cashew nut producers
A4. The results of this work were presented at the ACA (African Cashew Alliance) annual conferences (Maputo 2010, Cotonou 2012)

Related people


Cédric Rabany

Holder of a Master of Science, "Agricultural Engineer and territories development" from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISARA Lyon), he brings his expertise in agro-food/agricultural sectors' analysis and development, strengthening of supplychain actors (producers, private/public actors, agro-food industries...), socio-economic analysis of agricultural chains and his great knowledge of companies in these markets

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Project officer / Agriculture & Market / France

Pierre Ricau

Holder of a Master Degree in "Agricultural Development and Economic Policies" from the Institute of Development Studies (IEDES), Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University and AgroParisTech. He brings his expertise in agricultural market analysis (especially cashew, sesame, shea, cocoa, hevea, corn, rice and onion), development of agro-food sectors, training engineering and consultancy on public agricultural/agro-industrial policies

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