ACA Attends Golden Cashew Rendezvous and Proposes Bilateral Cooperation with Vietnam Cashew Association

The Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS) officially invited African Cashew Alliance to participate at the 8th Golden Cashew Rendezvous 2016 in Vietnam from the 10th to 13th of November 2016 in Da Nang City, the third biggest commercial city in Vietnam. Therefore, last week ACA Managing Director Dr. Babafemi Oyewole together with Chief Business Officer Mr. Sunil Dahiya travelled to Vietnam to represent the African Cashew Alliance at this important industry event. African participants comprised of delegations from Cote D’Ivoire, Benin, and Nigeria, including AEC[1], CCA[2] – Cote D’Ivoire, CONEC[3] members – Benin, and NCAN[4] – Nigeria participated with good representation. VINACAS and the Vietnamese Authorities warmly received the African Cashew Alliance as well as the African delegates. Dr. Oyewole delivered a speech on a panel focused on the Global Cashew Industry’s potential business opportunities for Vietnamese Investors and bilateral cooperation with VINACAS at “Vietnam – Africa Cashew Forum”. Meanwhile, Dahiya shared ACA’s recent efforts and results through prompt engagement with GCC[5] and INC[6] and proposed potential cooperation on for Global Cashew Industry sustainability. Over 260 participants attended the event from across Asia, Africa, America, Australia, UAE and Europe.


On November12th, 2016, VINACAS showcased cashew machinery and by-products, both Vietnamese and foreign, through an Exhibition themed “Vietnam Cashew Industry toward Cleaner and Green production”. The exhibition was first started in 2015. Dr. Oyewole, Mr. Dahiya, and the African delegates participated in this event, visiting various equipment manufacturers’ and versatile cashew by-product manufacturer’s booths to learn about new machineries, innovations, and by-products to replicate in Africa.


On November 15th, 2016 Dahiya paid a field visit to an ACA member processor established in Nigeria from from new Vietnamese investments. The contributions included technical advice with African experience and appealed to their facility managers to remain engaged with ACA for balanced industrial development across the board.


[1] Ivorian Cashew Exporters Association

[2] Ivorian Council for Cashew and Cotton

[3] Beninese National Cashew Association

[4] National Cashew Association of Nigeria

[5] Global Cashew Council

[6] International Nut Council