CORAF to Build Technical and Infrastructure Capacity of National Cashew Research Program in Côte d’Ivoire

The Cotton and Cashew Council of Côte d’Ivoire has called upon CORAF to support the country’s National Cashew Research Program (PNRA), as it seeks to revamp and strengthen the sector in the country.

The Council expressed the wish during the workshop on updating the PNRA, which was held from February 22 to 24, 2022, in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.

The three-day workshop reviewed the activities and the strategy of the PNRA.

The main objective of the PNRA is to intensify the production and development of cashew in Côte d’Ivoire, in order to double the production by 2030 on the one hand, and on the other hand, to ensure the processing of all the production and the development of by-products.

Côte d’Ivoire aims to be one of the world’s leading producers of cashew. It is therefore important for the country to put in place mechanisms that strengthen the sector and make it more sustainable, more resilient and especially more profitable for farmers,”

said Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, the Executive Director of CORAF.

The workshop on the updating of the PNRA was therefore held with the aim of readjusting the program’s strategy, in order to adapt it to current challenges and boost the cashew  sector.

Following the discussions, CORAF is expected to intervene in two areas:

  1. The PNRA plans to set up Cashew Development Centers (CeDeCa). It is expected that CORAF will help train the actors of the sector, especially researchers, on the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach, and innovation platforms. The training is expected to take place in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.
  2. The PNRA plans to create a Cashew Center of Excellence (CEC). On this side, CORAF is expected to provide technical support (monitoring — advice) for the establishment of the CEC.

“CORAF will support the PNRA to achieve its objectives. With the transfer of skills and technologies that CORAF encourages, the achievements of Côte d’Ivoire will certainly benefit other countries of the sub-region for a good development of the cashew sector in the sub-region,” argued Dr Tenkouano.

The cashew sector is one of the main sectors of Ivorian agriculture.

According to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) data, Côte d’Ivoire topped the world production of unshelled cashew nuts in 2020 with a production of 848,700 tons, ahead of India which had a production of 772,779 tons and far ahead of the second African producer which was Burundi, with 300,910 tons.