The MTP includes three one-week class-room sessions, offering a facilitated platform for exchange. Each session focuses on a specific set of modules. Participation is obligatory in all three sessions to complete the program.

Between the class-room sessions, inter-sessions or field activities are scheduled. During the intersession programs, participants return to their host institutions, share their knowledge with colleagues and do hands-on work in the field to apply what they have learned in the training sessions. Linking theoretical knowledge to practice, the MTP technical modules and activities are aligned with the production, processing and marketing.


Organization of the cashew market and implementing instruments for a Master Trainer

The learning objective of Session 1 is to become aware of the cashew value chain concept, the dynamics of the cashew market and the development of training material. The first session is composed of three modules:

Value chain development and cashew
Overview on value links concept: value chain selection, actor mapping, value chain diagnosis, approach for cashew promotion, cashew market (importance & trend, nuts and kernels trade, market period, traceability, bulk-selling, social and economic issues, quality, standard, food safety, fair trade and organic market).

Training materials development:
Review of various teaching materials, targeted audiences, appropriate teaching tools and design of educational materials

Trainer’s attitudes:
Attitude of a trainer and use of training tools and pedagogic technics.

Topics for Session 1

  • Intersession Preparation
  • Sharing by MTP (Previous Generation)
  • MTP Guiding Principles
  • Trainer’s Attitude 1: Making a Difference
  • Country Data on Cashew
  • Cashew Market and Value Chain Concept
  • Food Standards/Safety/Certification
  • Training Material Development and Practical
  • Design of Adult Training Programme
  • Field Visit
  • Data and Meaning Making
  • Facilitation Skills Training and Practical
  • Processing Machine Selection, Operations and Maintenance
  • Training Plan Development
  • Cashew as Food: Nutrition / Nutritional Values of Cashew)
  • Expert Database
  • Evaluation of Session


Planting material development
and good agricultural practices

The learning objective of Session 2 is to understand the main steps for good improved planting material development, the importance of good agricultural practices (GAP) and their implication on productivity. This session is structured in two modules:

Improved planting material development:
High yield tree selection, grafting,
nursery establishment and management,
orchards establishment and
maintenance, economic analysis of
nurseries and cashew orchards.

Good agricultural practices (GAP) and harvest & post-harvest:
Orchards maintenance (cleaning, pruning, fire-break, intercropping), rehabilitation and top-working of orchards, pest and disease management, conditions for harvesting, cleaning, drying, packaging, storage, and nut quality measurement, (KOR).



Topics for Session 2

  • Improved Planting Material
  • Grafting Technique
  • Nursery Management
  • New Plantation Establishment /Top Working 
  • Pests and Diseases Management
  • Trainer’s Attitude 2: Decision Making
  • Field Visit
  • Climate Change
  • Gender in Cashew Value Chain
  • Farm Economics
  • Training Needs Analysis and Practical
  • Training Facilitation (Equality / Inclusion)
  • CV Writing
  • Intersession 2
  • Evaluation of Session


Cashew processing, sector
organisation and cross-cutting issues 

The learning objective of Session 3 is to learn about value addition through cashew processing, the benefits of a better organized sector for various stakeholders, the roles they play as well as cross-cutting impacts on cashew industry. The session is composed of 3 modules:

Cashew nuts and by-product processing:
Nut processing including processes, products, factory/ unit establishment, food safety, management and governance etc., by-products processing, marketing and economics of processing.

Organization of the cashew sector:
Governance of the cashew sector, policies, actor mapping and role distribution, best practices across countries and value chains.

Cross-cutting issues:
Financing in the cashew sector, gender, nutrition, climate change, alternative and innovative tools for disseminating information and collecting data, rural radio programs to promote value chain and best practices.

Topics for Session 3

  • Peer Review / Closure Intersession 2
  • Harvest and Post-Harvest
  • Nut Quality Measurement (KOR)
  • Apple Juice Processing and Cashew By-Products 
  • Exhibition
  • Perception Management
  • Economics of Processing
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Processing of Nuts and Management
  • Facilitation Skills Training and Practical
  • Sector Analysis
  • Stakeholder Analysis and Practical
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  • Negotiation Techniques
  • Financial Proposal Writing
  • MTP Story line
  • (Self-reflection and Planning)
  • Evaluation of Session


The inter-sessions are the periods between the class-room sessions. During this period, participants carry out practical activities to develop and deepen their knowledge attained on the technical sessions. Participants:
– Work with producer groups to collect data on cashew production;
– Document the best practices for cashew production at the farmer level;
– Prepare case studies to share with other Master Trainers during the next technical session;
– Collect information on cashew
– Train farmers, processors, extension practitioners, and other targets actors of their choice
– Document the effectiveness of extension for cashew production, processing and marketing.

During the next technical session, participants share their experiences and results in peer review groups.