Cashew farmers are cracking tough nuts

Cashew nuts: delicious, healthy and popular. However, the young farmers in Benin earn relatively little from growing them. That is why we support the project initiated by our partner Eclosio. Between 2020 and 2022, for example, 120 young people will receive coaching and guidance. The goal: to improve the organisation of the farmers, optimise the cashew production and stimulate local processing.
Since 2020
€183,817 from 2020 to 2022
Benin, Africa

 

At the Lycée Technique Agricole (Natitingou, Benin) youths are brainstorming in groups about their organisation as entrepreneurs.

Local farmers take action

Benin has no less than 200,000 small cashew producers. The nuts are therefore of great economical importance for the country. However, the yield of this crop is low and the producers have difficulty financing their farms. Besides, they are not as yet adequately organised and equipped to cope with these challenges. Something had to be done. This was also Eclosio’s opinion, our partner who launched the PESoC-project (Promotion de l’entrepreneuriat des Jeunes et Soutien à la Production du Cajou) in 2020. With the right support, the farmers in Benin can better organise themselves, optimise their production, while also making it more ecological, and even process cashews locally.

PESoC, in a nutshell

What is the best way to maintain your orchard? What is the most ecological way to protect it from pests? How to increase your yield? What is the most efficient way of processing? And how can you improve the cooperation with a cooperative? ... These are just a few of the many questions that will be addressed by the training Eclosio will be providing.

 

Youths in Natitingou receive an information session at the Lycée Technique Agricole

This educational project uses a global and integrated approach, focused on family farming. But what does that mean in practice? 

  • Coaching youths at the Lycée Technique Agricole (LTA), a secondary school in Natitingou focused on engineering and farming. The goal? Support them as entrepreneurs to set up initiatives that will gradually increase both the added value of their production and their autonomy.
  • Help the cooperatives to vary their harvests and provide them with technical and organisational support. This is not only positive for the economic situation of the farmers, but also for the quality of the cashew nuts.
  • Support an enriching interaction by analysing, expanding and collecting the acquired experience and knowledge. In this way we can develop a process that will unite the experience and know-how of north and south.

 

Youths in Natitingou are trained at the Lycée Technique Agricole

Coaching and support for the future

The PESoC project will run for three years, from 2020 to 2022, in Natitingou and Toucountouna, two municipalities in Benin. In 2020 and 2021, 60 youths from the Lycée Technique Agricole will receive direct coaching. A further 60 young people receive support thanks to the micro-franchising business initiatives.

Cashew nuts, cracked locally

The PESoC project in Benin is set up together with a sustainable supply chain project supported by Colruyt Group in cooperation with the Belgian development organisation Enabel. The goal? A shorter and transparent chain, including local initial processing of cashew nuts in Benin. Obviously while also paying attention to the working conditions and a correct price for the farmers. Thanks to the cooperation with the cashew farmers the local community will receive a social and economic boost. Since the end of March 2020, the cashew nuts resulting from this chain project were sold under the house brand Boni Selection at Colruyt Lowest Prices, OKay and Spar Colruyt Group. We are now continuing to work on a stable chain and better cooperation and aim to integrate the production of the farmers of the PESoC project into the chain project.

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