MozaCajú: Transforming the Cashew Industry

The cashew processing industry was TechnoServe´s first success story in Mozambique. This transformation had its roots in a TechnoServe industry study, which showed that a new labor-intensive processing model would create benefits for the rural poor and the national economy. A “model” approach to processing was developed in rural Nampula, and Mozambique has gone from exporting no kernel in 2002 to becoming the second largest processor in East and Southern Africa and the eighth-largest processor in the world. The industry now employs more than 5,000 workers and has annual revenues of approximately $25 million. With financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), TechnoServe is currently assisting the industry through the MozaCajú project, which is providing agricultural extension to improve cashew tree productivity, facilitating links to major international buyers, helping implement greater traceability standards and rethinking the overall approach to how value is best shared and returned to communities. To date the project has improved the lives of over 20,000 farmers and businesspeople in the nation's cashew industry. For more information about the Mozambican cashew industry and the MozaCajú project, please visit www.MozaCaju.com.