MOOSHEW - Support for public policies and businesses in the African cashew sector for a sustainable, resilient and efficient value chain

November 2023
December 2024
Project cost
1 994 000 €
Role in the project
Cashew sector expertise


Burkina Faso Côte d’Ivoire Ghana Gambia Guinea-Bissau Nigeria Senegal Tanzania


Agriculture Organic Agriculture Agroprocessing Forest Market




Main goals

Strengthening the sustainability of the cashew value chain in Africa

Component 1. Production of knowledge, sharing during policy dialogue sessions and technical assistance for the benefit of African cashew value chains

Component 2. Sustainable territory project for cashew on the outskirts of the Comoé National Park in Côte d'Ivoire

Specific objectives

SO1. Advise and strengthen African States in the definition of policies and in dialogue on the cashew sector
SO2. Support actors in the value chain and disseminate knowledge on the determinants of production
SO3. Analyze the social, environmental and quality impacts and issues in the cashew sector
SO4. Improve cashew production systems
SO5. Supervise marketing and promote a certified quality sector
SO6. Sustain territory management and community development of populations
SO7. Capitalization of the "Comoé Landscape" project through a comparative study at the sub-region level (Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana)


  • Public institutions in charge of national and international agricultural policies (mainly for Component 1)
  • Inter-professions and national associations
  • Partners and stakeholders in the African cashew value chain (notably discussion platforms and regulatory bodies)
  • Producers and farmers' organizations
  • Conservation stakeholders (mainly for Component 2)


A1. Carrying out a study and producing knowledge on the African cashew value chains
A2. Participation and animation in consultation workshops and sharing during political dialogue sessions
A3. Definition of a strategy for stakeholders in the cashew sector
A4. Rehabilitation and revitalization of cashew orchards
A5. Integrated support for agricultural production systems
A6. Supervision of cashew producer groups on marketing
A7. Establishment of a market information dissemination network
A8. Promotion of “organic farming” labeling for the cashew sector
A9. Contribution to the drafting and validation of PDLs for beneficiary villages
A10. Training for local management committees (CDL)
A11. Partial financing of infrastructure identified by the PDL
A12. Strengthening conservation stakeholders (awareness raising and training)
A13. Strengthening awareness and dialogue on sustainable resource management and social cohesion among populations
A14. Carrying out cartographic work on the evolution of plant cover
A15. Carrying out field surveys
A16. Evaluation of the impacts of implemented projects
A17. Analysis of the national institutional context and impact on sector stakeholders

Related people

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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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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Country representative in Mozambique

Jean-Baptiste Roelens

Holder of a master Tropical environment and Biodiversity, he worked for 3 years in French Guyana, notably as forest ecology and soil science research officer at CIRAD. From 2008 to 2016 he worked at the WWF in Madagascar, France and Democratic Republic of Congo as Forest and Climate program manager. At WWF, he supported conservation, forest landscape restoration and REDD+ projects, he also conducted campaign and advocacy work on forest policies and energy infrastructure development. He joined Etc Terra - then nitidæ - in May 2016 as MOZBIO project manager around the Gilé national reserve in the Zambézia province in Mozambique.

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Matthieu Tiberghien

Holder of a Master's degree in Management from the Paris-Dauphine University and a Master in "Social Policies and Planning in developing Countries" from the London School of Economics, he brings his expertise in project building and project management in renewable energy, REDD+, technical engineering, economic and financial due diligence, business development, strategic partnerships, fundraising and human ressources management

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Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Benjamin Garnier

Agricultural Engineer, specialised in "quality of the environment and resources management", from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT). He brings his expertise in feasibility studies for investment funds, agricultural markets studies and analysis of value chains

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Technical coordinator / Agriculture & Market / Côte d'Ivoire

Odilon Chambers

As a geographer, specializing in rural development, he has been based in West Africa since 2016. First stationed in Mali on behalf of Luxembourg cooperation, he then joined the team in 2021. Hands-on man, he coordinates agricultural activities in the north of Côte d'Ivoire around cashew-food production systems, forest resources (shea), product labeling as well as environmental conservation around the Comoé National Park. It is also involved in specific studies on value-chain, traceability and marketing

Country representative in Côte d'Ivoire

Renaud Lapeyre

PhD in environmental and development economics (ENS Cachan, University of Versailles St Quentin-en-Yvelines), he is expert in conservation finance, including through ecotourism and innovative financial mechanisms (PES), and he specialised in international cooperation programs. He worked several years in Namibia, Morocco, and Kenya. In 2012, he joined Iddri (SciencesPo Paris) as senior researcher in biodiversity economics, before joining WWF France in 2017, as a manager for public sector partnerships

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Project Coordinator / Côte d'Ivoire

Denis Koffi Méa

Holder of a Master 2 in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System, Denis joined Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire in December 2016 to supervise land use planning activities (development of local development plans) and land tenure security for the REDD + Project. of soul. He is now the manager of the PAP-Bio Comoé project.

Value chain project manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Léo Godard

Agronomist with a degree from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT), he works on the analysis of agroindustrial projects and provide consultancy for promoters and investors of agro value chains. He also provides technical assistance and consultancy for small to large scale agricultural to switch to organic or regenerative practices

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Project Manager / France

Noémie Rullier

Holder of an Engineering diploma in Agronomy, specializing in Sustainable agricultural & Agri-Food systems for the South, from Montpellier SupAgro- Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), she brings her expertise to support technical changes and development processes in rural area; to support farm advisory, training engineering and plant biology research

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Administrator and accountant / Côte d’Ivoire

Leticia Konan

She holds a Master's degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the African Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CESAG) in Dakar. She began her career as an accounting secretary in a French international NGO in 2013 then in several other sectors of activity (banking, agri-food, law enforcement) before joining the team in April 2024. She brings her skills to the management of administrative and accounting activities of the Dabakala MOOSHEW and PAPBIO2 projects.