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How the Cashew Sector in the Cascades Region Could Be Saved

The African Institute for Economic and Social Development – African Training Center (INADES-formation Burkina) organized a workshop to launch the Contractual Agriculture Project for a sustainable and equitable development of the cashew nut sector (PACFA). It was held in Banfora on Friday, November 19th, 2021, in the presence of cashew industry stakeholders.

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The Contractual Agriculture Project for the Sustainable and Equitable Development of the Cashew Nut Sector (PACFA) has been set up within the framework of the Contractual Agriculture and Ecological Transition Project (PACTE). Funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), the Burkinabe government, the European Union, and the German Development Bank (KFW), PACFA will be implemented by INADES-formation Burkina.

The project covers six communes in the Cascades region for the period 2021-2023. These are the communes of Banfora, Tiéfora, Bérégadougou and Mangodara in the Comoé province, and the communes of Niankorodougou and Loumana in the Léraba province.

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Initiatives to save the cashew sector in the Cascades region

As part of the dynamics of making the cashew sector a growth pole in the Cascades region, which is the leading producer, PACFA, according to its initiators, aims to contribute to the modernization of the cashew sector at the local level.

The professionalization of actors through contract farming as well as agro-ecological intensification for the private market will be, among others, the challenges of the project.

The country director of INADES-formation Burkina, Isidore Della, justified the partnership with PACTE for the realization of PACFA, by the stakes presented by the cashew nut sector. “This project responds to the concerns of cooperatives involved in cashew nut production and who are facing production problems in quantity. Thus, PACFA intends to support processing units that often face difficulties in obtaining quality nuts,” he explained. Also, this project, continued Mr. Della, will allow to federate actions so that the production cooperatives and processing plants can produce in quantity and quality.

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“The project will strengthen the links between producers and buyers of cashew nuts,” said Roland Sié Kam, the representative of PACTE. The first mission of PACTE is to solve the problem of marketing. “We intervene a lot in the management of different problems related to the cashew sector. We also try to manage the different aspects of the market,” said Kam.

Minata Koné, general manager of the Cashew Processing Industrial Company (SOTRIA-B), praised the initiators of the project which, according to her, will have a considerable impact on the cashew sector in the Cascades region. Her factory, according to her, is experiencing supply difficulties. Ms. Koné, therefore, hopes that the link that will be established between producers and processors will alleviate this problem. “The current form of contractual supply that will be put in place will help SOTRIA-B to increase its production, employ more staff and, why not, reach its production capacity of 2,500 tons,” enthused the CEO of the first cashew nut processing plant in the city of the Black Farmer.

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