About ComCashew

The GIZ project Competitive Cashew initiative (ComCashew) is part of the GIZ program on the “Broad-scale Promotion of Agricultural Value Chains in Africa”. ComCashew (previously known as African Cashew Initiative (ACi) is funded in its third phase by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Jointly with private and public actors, ComCashew constitutes a new era of multi-stakeholder partnership aiming to achieve a sustainable poverty reduction in the project countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique and Sierra Leone, by enhancing the competitiveness of African cashew smallholders, processors and other actors in the value chain.

The cashew value chain offers an important potential for employment and wealth creation, climate change mitigation through climate smart agriculture and the economic empowerment of women and youth, especially in vulnerable rural areas. Therefore, the adoption of a value chain approach to promote all the actors along the cashew value chain is key to a sustainable development of the sector. ComCashew provides support in areas ranging from research, to production, processing, marketing, capacity development and policy advice. Ultimately, new opportunities for employment, especially for women, along the value chain have been created, specifically in rural areas, thereby ensuring an increase in and diversification of income.

After having built a basis for the cashew sector in the five African project countries through trainings for farmers and processors and through activities linking them to national and international markets, ComCashew aims now – in its third phase – to consolidate these efforts. It is putting more emphasis on establishing a sustainable relationship between the chain actors, on transferring knowledge and building sustainable institutions, providing trainings, business advice and services. The objective of ComCashew is to increase income of cashew farmers and processing factory workers.

The objective of ComCashew focuses on four key areas:

  • Production: Improve productivity and increase quantity and quality of production.
  • Processing: Improve efficiency, quantity and quality of processing.
  • Supply Chain Linkages: Build sustainable market linkages at national, regional and international levels.
  • Sector Organisation: Establish an enabling environment: Advocate policies that favour the cashew sector.

Latest News

ComCashew and SNI intensify cooperation


The Competitive Cashew initiative (ComCashew) and the Sustainable Nut Initiative (SNI) have publicly announced the intensification of their cooperation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding at the SIETTA - ACA Annual Cashew Conference & Expo 2018 in Abidjan.


Cashew Processing, a Mine of Opportunities for Empowering African Youth - REMINDER


SIETTA 2018  will be held on 8, 9 and 10 November, 2018 at the Abidjan Palais de la Culture -Treichville in Côte d’Ivoire.


Call for Application: Lead Facilitators for the Cashew Master Training Programme


Find out more on the Master Training Programm (MTP) and on how to apply.


More than


trained farmers


(~97,469) trained women


full time job equivalents created in






average yield increase

19,869,389 €

public partner

86,851,146 €

private partner

18,522,102 €

official development assistance (ODA)

Cooperation with


private & public partners


Better and higher cashew production in all project countries: Since the project’s inception in 2009, 481,441 cashew farmers have completed training in Good Agricultural (GAP) and harvest and post-harvest practices – about 22 per cent of these are women (105,917). Applying GAP, harvest and post-harvest practices and better planting materials have resulted in higher yield of 75% average and improved quality.

Local processing, a key factor for domestic value addition: Due to ComCashew support, installed cashew processing capacity rose from 8,800 MT in 2009 to 250,000 MT in 2016. Since inception of the project, over 440,000 jobs have been created, about 75% in production and 25% in processing and trade. Especially those jobs in processing have benefited women, as they account for 80% of the working force. Alone in processing and production the additional income in 2016 amounted to 25.5 Million EUR

A regional project facilitating knowledge exchange and innovation: Through training of trainers (Master Training Program), ComCashew developed local capacities of highly knowledgeable resource persons as trainers in cashew value chain including policy advice and facilitate regional exchange for learning and innovation: 248 master trainers from 12 countries have successfully graduated from the program.

ComCashew’s private and public partners have contributed with more than 70 Million USD (2009-2016) towards the achievements in the cashew sector.

For its concept and measurable successes, ComCashew was awarded the Innovation Award of the OECD / DAC "Taking Development Innovation to Scale" in 2016.