September 2016 Newsletter

President Conde of Guinea Receives ACA

The African Cashew Alliance Managing Director, Babafemi Oyewole paid a visit to the His Excellency Prof. Alpha

Condé, the President of the Republic of Guinea, on Wednesday September 14th 2016. ACA’s Chief Officer in charge of Partnership Development accompanied him in order to look for opportunities in establishing an inform

ation and technical knowledge platform along the discussions. The president launched a vast program to revitalize the cashew sector value chain in Guinea. This year, ANPROCA, the agency responsible for agribusiness promotion in the rural areas, managed by M. Condé Aly, who is also the Général Director, reported an achievement of about 220,000 hectares of cashew planted in rural communities. Processing is also to be considered in the upcoming years. The government wants to facilitate the establishment of two semi-mechanized processing plants to also add value to the production. Mr. Sekou Sangaré, Rural Development Advisor to the Presidency, explained the implementation plan for the program. With the recommendation of the Agriculture Advisor, the President requested ACA to provide its technical advisory services and assistance to the program specifically in production by linking them to well advanced research institutes in the cashew sector in Africa, such as Ghana. The president also requested that ACA provide advisory services to establish two semi-mechanized processing plants and develop partnership with the ministers in charge to establish a national cashew dialogue platform. Mr. Sekou Sangaré, urged ACA to advise in processing equipment technologies. ACA will also organize a country cashew dialogue during the coming month.