15th Edition: Master Training Program to promote the African Cashew Value Chain,
Session 1

Accra, 23rd January 2023: The African Cashew Alliance (ACA) in partnership with the
Market-Oriented Value Chains for Jobs & Growth in the ECOWAS Region (GIZ-MOVE), and
with support from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the Cocoa Research
Institute of Ghana (CRIG), commences the first session of the 15th Edition of the Master
Training Programme for Cashew Value Chain Promotion in Africa from Monday, 23rd
January to Friday, 27th January 2023 in Sunyani, the Bono regional capital of Ghana.
This unique Master Training Program seeks to increase the theoretical knowledge and
practical skills of African cashew experts along the value chain and consequently, to further
promote the competitiveness of the African cashew industry to secure profitability for all
The program will provide a platform for cashew experts to share knowledge, discuss best
practices and lessons learnt, and build national and regional networks for future
collaboration. Participants will return to their host institutions and have a multiplier effect
on the cashew industry by sharing knowledge and experiences gained from attending this
tailor-made training. During knowledge sharing sessions of theories and their application,
participants learn about all aspects of the cashew value chain ranging from production and
processing of raw cashew nuts to economics, cashew market dynamics, marketing, and
financing mechanisms.
Three sessions, cross-cutting topics.
Rolled out in three sessions, the current Edition of the Master Training Program will take
place from January to June 2023. About eighty-five (85) participants from various
subsectors of the cashew value chain and other sectors will learn topics of each of the
subsectors of cashew: production, research, climate change, processing economics, sector
policies, as well as cross-cutting issues such as gender, training material development
facilitation skill. During ‘inter-sessions’ between each session, participants shall return to
their host institutions to conduct field work, either individually or in groups, to deepen
their knowledge on selected topics. After completing the program, participants will be
certified and acknowledged as cashew experts. Participants of this Edition are from seven
countries: 16 from Burkina Faso, 11 from Cote d’ Ivoire, 36 from Ghana, 1 from Mali, 9
from Nigeria, 11 from Sierra Leone, and 1 from Togo.
About MTP
The Cashew MTP was Introduced in 2014 by the GIZ’s Competitive Cashew Initiative
(ComCashew) now the GIZ/MOVE in partnership with the African Cashew Alliance (ACA)
and others to build a strong expert base for the cashew industry by increasing the
theoretical knowledge and enhancing the practical skills of cashew experts and newcomers

while sharpening their self-awareness and attitude to consequently promote the competitiveness of the African
cashew industry. The MTP has so far produced 1037 cashew experts from 20 countries across 14 editions.
About ACA
The African Cashew Alliance was established in 2006 as an association of African and international businesses
with an interest in promoting a globally competitive African cashew industry. Today, nearly 130 member
companies work under the ACA banner and represent all aspects of the cashew value chain, including producers,
processors, traders, and international buyers.
Our vision
A sustainable African cashew industry that delivers globally competitive, value-added products and secures
profitability for all actors.
Our mission
To create a platform for accelerating growth and investments in the African cashew industry through
partnerships, advocacy, market linkages, technical support, and global networking.
For more information, please contact:
Reine Dehode, Head of Sector Organisation; rdehode@africancashewalliance.com or
Blessing Okam, Head of Communications; bokam@africancashewalliance.com
For more information on ACA, please visit our website www.africancashewalliance.com

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