The launch of cashew nut processing guides

Mr. Minister, Dr. Souleymane Diarrasouba, The Director of the MOVE project, Mrs. Rita Weidinger and representatives. Source: © GIZ/MOVE
Mr. Minister, Dr. Souleymane Diarrasouba, The Director of the MOVE project, Mrs. Rita Weidinger and representatives. Source: © GIZ/MOVE

On 6th April, 2023, the official launch of the French version of the cashew nut processing guides was held at the Palais de la Culture in Abidjan, during the 4th edition of the International Exhibition of equipment and technologies for cashew nut processing (SIETTA) . The Minister of Trade, Industry and Promotion of SMEs, Dr. Souleymane Diarrassouba, not only initiated these guides but also graced us with his presence at the launch of these guides.

This launch brought together several actors of the cashew value chain such as different international organizations, processors and people who were interested in the cashew sector.

These guides, developed by GIZ/ComCashew in collaboration with international and national stakeholders, notably the African Cashew Alliance and the Conseil du Coton et de l'Anacarde (CCA), aim to enable stakeholders and potential investors to better appreciate the problems of cashew processing in Africa.

These five (5) volume booklets are available in English and French and are entitled as follows

  • Cashew nut processing process
  • Opportunities and Challenges of cashew processing in Africa
  • Guide to cashew processing equipment
  • Guidelines for the selection of raw cashew processing equipment
  • Guidelines on food hygiene, traceability and sustainability in cashew processing
    During the launch, Mary Adzanyo, Deputy Head of GIZ MOVE, indicated that the guides would provide useful information and practical advice to the actors to increase the competitiveness of the cashew nut value chain and the quality of the products.

In addition, Dr. Souleymane Diarrassouba, also indicated that these guides will not only provide the cashew sector actors with key information on processing but will also allow the processors to improve their processing units as well as the quality of their cashew products.

Later, Dr. Souleymane Diarrassouba, thanked the German Cooperation for its efforts to improve the competitiveness of the cashew sector in Africa. He recommended the 5 guides to all those who are interested or concerned by cashew processing in Africa and distributed the 5 guides to the processors and people who were present on that day at the closure of the official launch.

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