The importance of local processing
Africa produces/grows over half the raw cashews in the world but does not receive its fair share in the cashew value chain. Predominantly because of the lack of Cashew processors in these countries. Due to the socio-economic issues and political instability in many countries’ investors shy away from setting up processing plants in this region.
Many of these countries that produce cashew nuts are developing nations and several are considered as “least developed countries”
We believe that processing cashews locally and selling the finished product directly adds greater value allowing the country and people to grow out of its systemic issues by addressing root causes like poverty, literacy, and corruption.
and leads to the upliftment of villages and communities where processing units are set up. Processing locally sets off a chain reaction where villages are commercialized by the higher spending capacity and the need for goods and services in the region that complement the processing units.