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Kenya: Putting the cash back into cashews

Kenya’s ailing cashew sector, which provides a livelihoods of sorts to 60,000 farmers, is set for a boost.

Under a project involving the government, research scientists, processors and producers, aging trees will be replaced, farmers educated, credit made more available and market access improved.

The Nut Processors Association of Kenya projects cashew output could quadruple from the current 10,000 tons a year by 2015.

Partners in the initiative include the Ministry of Agriculture, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, the Africa Cashew Alliance and the Cashew Growers Association.

The scheme involves distributing 180,000 seedlings every year for the next five years, training producers to better manage their harvested nuts, and forming farmers’ associations to facilitate better access to credit for inputs.


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