As part of a second Phase, the African Cashew initiative (ACi) created a unique Cashew Matching Fund to accelerate the development of the cashew industry by allowing public and private investments to benefit farm productivity and farmer income. The African Cashew Alliance (ACA), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Dutch Sustainable...read more
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The Cashew Matching Grants Fund – The first and only Fund for Cashew worldwide!
Ghana Government commits to doubling Raw Cashew Nut Production by 2016
The cashew industry in Ghana has attracted the attention of the government, thanks to efforts by the Ghana Cashew Industry Association. In a meeting with Ghana’s new Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, a delegation representing the Ghana Cashew Industry Association explained the benefits of cashew to the Ghanaian economy.
The Association’s goal of garnering the minister’...read more
New MIS and Monitoring Coordinator Aims to Improve Supply Chain
Mr. Olivier Kabré joined the ACA team on the 3rd of April, 2013 as the Market Information System (MIS) and Monitoring Coordinator. Prior to his appointment for this position, he worked with Agribusiness and Trade Promotion, a USAID West Africa program, as an MIS consultant. Olivier is a holder of a License Degree in Physics and Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in applied computer...read more
ACA Seal Team Joined by Quality Assurance Expert
Peter Kojo Nyarko joined the ACA team on April 2, 2013, as the Seal Coordinator. He studied Biochemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Prior to his appointment for this position, he worked with Nestle in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Cameroun in the quality assurance department. Peter speaks English and French fluently.
IRD’s Cashew Cookbook Wins Prestigious Award
International Relief & Development’s (IRD) The Cashew Cookbook received the award for the best cookbook in Senegal in two categories by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for the year 2012.
Guinea Gears up for Cashew
Guinean Cashew Alliance Launched
Guinean cashew farmers, processors and traders have joined forces to develop the potential of the cashew industry for the country’s economy. On February 25, 2013, the Guinean Cashew Alliance (l'Alliance Guinéenne de l'Anacarde) was launched in Conakry at an event attended by more than 50 participants from industry and government. With a growing...read more
ACA Secretariat Welcomes Deputy Managing Director Leonard Garden
Leonard Garden has been named Deputy Managing Director of ACA, marking an important leadership transition at the organization. Garden will be working alongside current Managing Director Christian Dahm through June, when he will assume full MD responsibilities after the official handover takes place.
As only the second Managing Director since ACA’s founding in 2005, Garden...read more
ACA Seal Processors on the Map
The ACA Quality & Sustainability Seal is an industry-supported mark that signals the processor’s compliance with international food safety, quality, and labor standards. The expanding implementation of the ACA Seal in East and West Africa indicates the program’s success across ACA member countries. Six processors in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Nigeria, Togo and...
ACA Seal to Facilitate Compliance with New US Food Safety Laws
International food safety regulations are beginning to require serious consideration by exporters of food to the United States. New regulations will have concrete impacts on cashew farmers, processors, and buyers, as the United States moves to enforce the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the most expansive reform of food safety laws in over 70 years. On January 4, 2013 The US Food and...read more
Safe, Sustainable, and Socially Responsible - Mim Cashew, a Seal Success Story
Pick, pull, plop. Pick, pull, plop. This is the sound of cashew nuts being plucked from fallen apples scattering the ground of Mim Cashew. Margaret and Fusenia sit in the dappled shade under one of thousands of cashew trees on the farm, beginning the process that will eventually result in ACA Seal-certified cashew reaching international marketplaces.