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1 African Cashew Alliance Alliance Africaine de Cajous Presentation ACA Country level Meeting Bénin, Cotonou 13 September 2006 Carlos Costa – ACA President AiCaju Mozambique

2 2 Background Public Private Partnership Juin 2005: Baltimore (USA) Reunion –USAID, Kraft, Ahold, Olam, representatives of farmer organizations, cashew processors from Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, TechnoServe, West Africa Trade Hub, Worldbank, IFC, Enterprise Works –Need for an overall body that promotes the African cashew and supports the industry to capitalize on its potential March 2006: Guinea Bissau Meeting –Active members choose Executive Committee –MOU gets drafted: 21 signatories from 11 countries –WATH takes up Secretariat with involvement of TechnoServe and active members June 2006: Secretariat at West Africa Trade Hub in Accra, Ghana –Structuring efforts and activities of ACA –Driving force for activities

3 3 Objectives Industry body: promotion of the African cashew at home and abroad Increase economic growth of the cashew chain - employment creation –infrastructure development –Increase economic growth of the cashew chain Increase cashew farmer income –improved production innovations –improved crop quality and post-harvest handling –agronomic research –by-product utilization –local trade facilitation Increase export of cashew kernels –development of local value-added processing businesses –expansion of export volume and value

4 4 Structure Executive Committee Board of Advisors Secretariat Steering Committee National Consultative Committees Members General Assembly

5 5 Executive Committee & Secretariat Carlos Costa – President (AiCaju – Mozambique) Massogbe Toure – Vice President (SITA – Cote d’Ivoire) Robert Yapo – Vice President (Sustainable Tree Crop Program – Cote d’Ivoire) Kees Blokland – Global Trading Netherlands Ashok Krishen – Olam International Secretariat – West Africa Trade Hub, Accra, Ghana

6 6 Membership Anyone in the cashew business can be a member (individuals, private and public institutions) Participation in General Assembly which will be held every 2 years, Review ACA activities and elect the Executive Committee Members get user name and ID for access to web-site, bi-monthly newsletter, and voting rights in General Assembly (including via the website) Invited to country level meetings Vote for the national representative Members will pay an annual fee according to established criteria as of January 2007

7 7 Founding Members signing MOU Producers, processors, exporters, traders, shippers, financial institutions, buyers,research institutes, government bodies U.S. Agency for International Development Kraft Foods Olam International Global Trading & Agency AICAJU - Mozambique Nuts Processors Association SITA S.A, Societe Ivoirienne de Traitement d’Anacarde Sustainable Tree Crops Program Cashew Development Project Ghana SNV, The Netherlands Development Organization ROTA The Richard Franco Agency A.C.E.T. (Nigeria) Organic Cashew Nuts The Cashew Processors and Exporters Association of Ghana Ahold Sustainable Trade Development EcoLogic Finance BioHybrids AgriSystems Kenya Nut Company Micronix Systems The Cashewnut Processors Association

8 Priority Activities Organize steering committee with country representatives –Communicate ACA & increase membership –Facilitate strategies to develop all aspects of the cashew sector –Facilitate creation of new cashew processing businesses –Knowledge Transfer: Gather, introduce and share international Best Practices –Train across the value chain with existing businesses –Advocate successful models, both policy and industry-wide competitiveness strategies –Promote sales of African cashew kernels, increase quantities & improve quality to meet international standards –Track of cashew sector industry and development initiatives –Assist with fund-raising efforts for cashew industry development projects

9 – 2007 Activities in Process Country level meetings –Benin September 13th 2006 –Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Mozambique ACA Marketing & Communications (website, newsletter) West Africa Cashew Retail Market Study Peanut & Tree Nut Association Convention (USA Arizona January 2007) International Nut Council Convention (Spain May 2007)

10 10 What is in it for you Platform to meet connect to other countries find expertise use and change experiences And what the ACA does not…. -Funding, financing -Execution of in-country projects

11 11 How can you contribute Find influent National Cashew bodies able to establish linkages with ACA. Create a group composed by main cashew business stakeholders to integrate the National Consultative committee. Elect one representative to become member of the African Cashew Steering Committee. Manage to create conditions to host a ACA country meeting by surveying main problems and possible solutions to be part of the meeting Agenda. Motivate main stakeholders to participate on those discussions and contribute on the best way to be organized to be linked to ACA to benefit from its services.

12 12 Thank you


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