COQUENSTOCK - Feasibility study of cashew shell valorisation in Burkina Faso

Start
May 2021
End
August 2021
Project cost
7 000 €
Role in the project
Value chain and combustion techniques expertise

Countries

Burkina Faso

Fields

Agroprocessing Bioenergy Market

Sectors

Cashew

Main goals

Almost 10,000 ton RCN have been processed in Burkina Faso during 2019, accounting for 10% of the total RCN production of the country ; and the processed volumes shall steadily increase in the coming years. This is the aim of the anacarde Initiative, the gouvernement’s flagship project for the cashew sector, implemented by the Conseil Burkinabè de l’anacarde. The country’s processing rate should increase up to 45%. In this context, the management of cashew nut by-products appears as a prominent issue. Nowadays, more than 70% of the raw nuts incoming the processing units become waste. Most of this weigth essentially consists of the cashew shells, which are only valorized in a small quantity as a fuel for the factory. This cannot anyway avoid questions about the appropriateness of this method of valorisation.

Specific objectives

SO1. Assess the opportunities for valorisation of the cashew shell in the Burkinabe sector
SO2. Build a business plan of the cashew shell valorisation unit called reference center
SO3. Size the reference center and determine the key profitability indicators of the investments following the most appropriate process for the valorization of cashew shell
SO4. Identify any contribution and development promoting the complete valorization of the shell in Burkina Faso

Beneficiaries

• The Burkinabe Cashew Council
• Cashew processing actors in Burkina Faso

Results

R1. The socio-economic context of the reference center is assessed
R2. The market and competitors for the products of the reference center is assessed
R3. The technical realisation of the reference center is done
R4. Fhe financial and economical profitability is assessed, taking into account the incitative measures contained in the Investments law
R5. A funding plan and the status of the reference center is proposed
R6. Any other action contributing to the valorisation of the cashew shell in Burkina Faso is proposed

Activities

A1. Assessment of the socio-economic context of the reference center
A2. Assessment the market and competitors for the products of the reference center
A3. Technical assessment of the reference center
A4. Assessment of the financial and economical profitability taking into account the incitative measures contained in the Investments law
A5. Proposal of a funding plan and the status of the reference center
A6. Proposal of any action contributing to the valorisation of the cashew shell in Burkina Faso

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Cashew nutshells garbages that accumulate behind factories

Related people

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Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Burkina

Julia Artigas Sancho

Process engineer and holder of a European MsC in Renewable energies, she works on energy-related issues in African industry, since 2016. Process optimization and agri-waste-to-energy systems are her main expertise areas: appropriate technologies, training on operation and maintenance, biofuels…

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Project Officer

François Griffon

Holder of a Master's degree in "Sustainable Farming and Agri-food Systems in the South", specialised in "Markets, Organization, Quality and Services" from Montpellier SupAgro - Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), he brings his expertise in sector and value chain analysis, market studies, quality management and farmers' organisations services and support

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