NKALOIF - Promote the ingration of smallholder farmers of cashew and sesame in international trade, through the dissemination of helpful and regular information

January 2013
December 2014
Project cost
150 000 €
Role in the project


Burkina Faso Côte d’Ivoire Gambia Mali Senegal


Agriculture Organic Agriculture Agroprocessing Market


Cashew Shea Sesame


IOF · INADES · FENPROSE · Chigata · Orange · MOBIOM · Rikolto (ex VECO)

Main goals

Sustainably improve smallholder farmers’ income (+ € 100/year, per family) through better information and marketing risks management in an international environment marked by an instability of agricultural prices and increasing demand.

The cashew and sesame sectors are growing for over 10 years and concern nearly 300,000 producers in the targeted Sudano-Sahelian area. The lack of information up the entire value chain and the low capacity of processing products are serious constraints to the sustainable development of rural populations.

Specific objectives

  • Strengthen the capacity and access to information of 50,000 smallholder farmers, 200 agricultural organisations of producers (OPA) and 7 agricultural organisation of processors including women (representing more than 1,000 women in rural areas)
  • Strengthen women capacity to process agri-food products in rural areas by improving their access to market information and the upgrading of private operators, including certified sustainable relationships (promotion of Fair Trade and Organic agriculture)


  • 50,000 smallhorlder farmers (30,000 in Cote d’Ivoire, 10,000 in Burkina Faso, 5,000 in Mali, 5,000 in Senegal and The Gambia)
  • 200 agricultural organisation of producers (OPA)
  • 7 agricultural organisation of processors including 1,000 women (500 women in Cote d’Ivoire, 500 women in Burkina Faso)


R1. 50,000 smallholder farmers improve their incomes via access to the Market Information & Advisory Service. Therefore, improving the economic structuring of OPAs and access to certification
R2. 1,000 employment are sustained in rural areas by a first processing factory and the added value of agricultural products is increased


A1. Promote access to market information for 50,000 cashew and sesame producers through the establishment of an International Market Information & Advisory Service
A2. Economic and political strengthening of 200 West African Farmers' Organisations
A3. Promote smallholder farmers' access to Organic and Fairtrade certification
A4. Strengthen technical, commercial and organisational capacities of 7 agricultural organisations of cashew processors (OPAs) including women (representing more than 1,000 women)
A5. Support the setting up of an integrated sector between OLAM (industrial group) and cashew processing units in order to promote rural employment especially for women and to increase the added value

Related people

Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Julien Gonnet

Holder of a Professional Master II in Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva and a Master I in Geography from the University of Jean Moulin, he brings his expertise in project and studies building and management on agricultural markets, the use of ICT within the agriculture sector, the implementation of certification (organic, fair...) and engineering training

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ICT Business Developer and Manager of the N'kalô development / Agriculture & Market / Côte d'Ivoire

Serge Kedja

Engineer in Advanced Information Systems (University of Bejaia, Algeria), MSc in Information Technologies (University of Bournemouth, United Kingdom) and Alumni Chevening, he specializes in design, development, management and the capitalization of digital solutions for agriculture in Africa.

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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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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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