The project 'Trade Expansion in Cashew Nuts from Africa', was aiming to establish a strong regional network and a structure to support the strategic export development objectives for the cashew nut sub-sector in each of the participating countries. The activities of the project addressed market development issues and provided the basis for regional networking in order to ensure the sustainable development of the cashew nut sub-sectors and to increase their share in the world market. The ultimate beneficiaries of the project are the cashew nut smallholders and the small and medium-scale processors and exporters of the product.
A high-level African workshop of producers and exporters of cashew nuts was held in Cotonou, Benin, in July 2002, within the framework of this project. Representatives from 10 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania) attended the workshop.
The meeting reviewed the current situation of the cashew sub-sectors in all participating countries on the basis of country reports prepared by national experts, with a view to identifying potential future development activities.
The country papers, especially those from West Africa, were instrumental in providing material for discussion in the working groups, the objectives of which were to identify constraints and interventions to address them, and hence ensure the sustainable development of the cashew nut sub-sector in the individual countries and the region as a whole.
The project was completed with the publication of a Technical Paper "Regional Meeting on the Development of Cashew Nut Exports from West Africa" (CFC Technical Paper No. 23).