African landscape and farm

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Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on the globe, with 80 percent of residents eking out a living through subsistence agriculture.

35% of Burkina Faso residents make a living through subsistence agriculture.

Industry is still in its infancy, and the nation is poor in natural resources. Cotton is the nation’s top cash crop, though other agricultural products, including cashews, are grown for export in increasing volumes. Unemployment is high, particularly among young people. TechnoServe and its local partners are working to drive economic growth by helping entrepreneurs build thriving businesses through mentoring, training and other support. TechnoServe is also providing critical support to the burgeoning cashew processing industry, which has the potential to create thousands of jobs and provide new markets for cashew farmers.

From Seed to Trade: Cashew Production in Africa