Improving Cashew Production and Processing

TechnoServe worked with a range of partners – including global cashew industry leader Olam International Limited – to develop a competitive cashew industry in Tanzania. The program, completed in 2010, organized farmers into business groups, helping them to produce higher-quality nuts and linking them to premium markets. Fiscal reforms allowed one cashew processing plant to reopen, preserving more than 1,000 jobs and a market for 14,000 farmers. TechnoServe also championed policies that create opportunities for small-scale farmers and promote domestic processing of raw cashew nuts.