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GIZ Com Cashew to assist revive 7 defunct cashew companies.
17.02.2020

GIZ Com Cashew to assist revive 7 defunct cashew companies.

The GIZ Competitive Cashew initiative (ComCashew), an international development project in the cashew value chain, has renewed its commitment to holistic transformation of Ghana’s cashew sub-sector.

To this end, the organisation is in the process of assisting the revival of seven defunct cashew processing companies in the country to boost competitiveness in the value addition space. Of the13 existing cashew processing factories in the country, with total production capacity of about 65,000 metric tonnes, only two are currently in operation: the rest have all shut down. 

Financial constraints, obsolete machinery and processing technology, as well as lack of access to substantial quantities of raw cashew nuts (RCNs) at a competitive price have culminated in collapse of the factories. Even with two which are currently in business, they [USIBRAS Ghana Limited in Prampram, and Mim Cashew and Agricultural Products Ltd.] are producing below installed capacities.

Read more: GIZ Com Cashew to assist revive 7 defunct cashew companies.



Ghana earned $378 million from the sale of 110 tonnes of raw cashew nuts in 2018.
11.02.2020

Ghana earned $378 million from the sale of 110 tonnes of raw cashew nuts in 2018.

The amount represented 43 per cent of the total revenue obtained from non-traditional export commodities in the country.

The Director of Crop Services of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Mr Seth Osei-Akoto, announced this at the opening of a one-week technical upscaling development training programme on cashew value chain promotion in Sunyani yesterday.Seventy-two participants, made up of tutors from agriculture training institutions in Ghana are taking part in the training programme to ensure that they acquire the right knowledge in order to pass it on to potential trainees who enrol in their institutions.

The training was organised by Competitive Cashew Initiative (GIZ/ComCashew), in collaboration with the Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI), with support from the MoFA.

Read more: Ghana earned $378 million from the sale of 110 tonnes of raw cashew nuts in 2018.



L'année électorale semble profiter aux producteurs de noix de cajou en Côte d'Ivoire
07.02.2020

L'année électorale semble profiter aux producteurs de noix de cajou en Côte d'Ivoire

La campagne 2020 de commercialisation des noix de cajou en Côte d'Ivoire ouvre aujourd'hui, a-t-il été décidé hier en Conseil des ministres. Le prix minimum obligatoire d'achat bord champ est augmenté de 25 francs le kilo, le portant à FCFA 400 pour la campagne 2020.

Parallèlement, le gouvernement resserre le contrôle aux frontières afin d'éviter "la fuite des noix de cajou par les frontières terrestres". A cette fin, le Conseil du Coton et de l’Anacarde est autorisé "à prendre des mesures de lutte contre les exportations frauduleuses, allant jusqu’à la saisie et à la vente immédiate des produits saisis" et le ministère de la Justice doit mettre en œuvre "des procédures d’urgence" pour sanctionner "la commercialisation et l’exportation illicites".

En lire plus: L'année électorale semble profiter aux producteurs de noix de cajou en Côte d'Ivoire (par COMMODAFRICA)



Lorenz Snack-World newest member of SNI
05.02.2020

Lorenz Snack-World newest member of SNI

Lorenz Snack-World has become a member of the Sustainable Nut Initiative (SNI). SNI, a member of the ComCashew board, brings key players in the nut industry together to strategically develop sustainable supply chains and a traceable nut sector. SNI’s members are committed to improve the transparency in the nut chain, strengthening the relationship with farmer cooperatives and working towards volume and quality improvement.Image result for lorenz snack world

Read more: Lorenz Snack-World newest member of SNI



CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PhD and Masters Scholarship
03.02.2020

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PhD and Masters Scholarship

The Resilience Against Climate Change (REACH) project, is inviting applications for PhD and Masters studies under a five-year project, “REACH-Social Transformation Research and Policy Advocacy”. Funded by the European Union, the project is a research collaboration between the International Water Management Institute, University of Ghana-Centre for Migration Studies, University for Development Studies and CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute. Over the course of the project, we expect to support a total of 3 PhDs and 15 Masters (first batch of 10; second batch of 5) with full studentships for four and two years respectively. All the students will follow the stipulated training procedure of the host Universities, with joint supervision across project collaborating organisations. In addition, the students will participate in policy advocacy events (e.g. workshops, learning events and policy dialogues), with the aim of bridging research and policy, through students’ direct involvement in the narratives, practices and networks of development planning. 

Eligibility Applicants will be required to meet the general admission requirements of University for Development Studies or University of Ghana, depending on where they intend to study. Applicants must have applied to any of the two Universities for the 2020/2021 academic year.  In addition to the general requirements, applicants should preferably have a background in social science research and methodological skills. However, suitable students with any relevant disciplinary background can be considered. Applicants must: 

  • Hold a relevant degree (i.e. First Degree for persons applying for the Masters and Masters Degree for those applying for PhD) in social science/humanities related discipline(s). Particularly (but not limited to), Geography, Development Planning Studies, Migration Studies, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Economics, Climate Change, Rural Development Sociology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science.
  • Be highly motivated to pursue postgraduate studies according to the approved study plan of the Universities involved

Award of scholarship is subject to gaining admission to the University of Ghana or University for Development Studies during the stipulated academic year. The scholarship covers:   

  • Full tuition fees
  • Full research costs towards thesis
  • Monthly stipend to cover living expenses in Ghana 

This research component is part of the overall REACH project, jointly implemented with GIZ/ComCashew. You can read more here .