Photo of the Week: New Jobs From Cashew Processing

December 09, 2011

An employee of the Agri-Business Company cashew factory in Touba, Côte d'Ivoire, shells cashew nuts. TechnoServe provides technical assistance to the factory as part of the African Cashew Initiative (ACi), a four-year project in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso and Mozambique funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), along with a broad spectrum of private-sector companies.

An employee of the Agri-Business Company cashew factory in Touba, Côte d'Ivoire, shells cashew nuts. TechnoServe provides technical assistance to the factory as part of the African Cashew Initiative (ACi), a four-year project in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso and Mozambique funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), along with a broad spectrum of private-sector companies.

Our training for farmers and processors is helping to promote proper harvest and post-harvest handling of raw cashew nuts. ACi will provide assistance to 150,000 small farmers, who together employ 900,000 people. TechnoServe is also identifying promising entrepreneurs and working with them to devise business plans for processing factories. We currently support 13 processors that are expected to create nearly 3,200 jobs by the end of the year. More than 60 percent of these jobs are held by women.