Despite steady growth, Benin’s economy remains underdeveloped and overly dependent on subsistence agriculture and cotton production.

Cashews have become an increasingly important export crop, though the majority of nuts are exported in their raw form without the significant added value of processing. TechnoServe is working to expand economic opportunities in Benin by helping cashew processors raise their production levels and connect with lucrative markets, while creating jobs in rural areas where unemployment is high.

On The Ground



Strengthening a Sustainable Cashew Sector in Benin

Responding to high demand in the global cashew market and the superior quality of their raw product, Benin’s cashew cultivation has expanded more than tenfold in the past two decades. Yet processing capacity and other value chain inefficiencies have kept the sector from reaching its potential, and Benin still exports 92 percent of its cashew as unprocessed raw nut. Started in September 2015 with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), TechnoServe’s BeninCajù is a sector-wide value chain approach aimed at strengthening and expanding the cashew sector into a more productive, competitive, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth engine for the people of Benin. Over five years, BeninCajù will increase yields and revenues for 32,000 smallholder cashew farmers, triple domestic processing capacity, create at least 3,400 jobs (70 percent for women), catalyze development of the nascent by-product market, and set the sector on a path for continued growth and success.



Blog Posts

June 7, 2016

The Launch of BeninCajù: A New Era for Cashew in Benin

The official ceremony launching the project BeninCajù was held Thursday, June 2 in Cotonou, with representatives from the Government of Benin and the Director of USAID Benin.

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January 25, 2012

A New Methodology for Teaching Finance

In Nicaragua, Iveth Juárez, a small business owner who processes and sells cereal to the local market, had attended seminars, workshops, courses and training sessions on accounting and finance. But at the end of each session, she always felt the same sense of confusion.

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Jane Grob

Acting Country Director