African Cashew Initiative (ACi)

The African Cashew initiative aims at strengthening the global competitiveness of cashew production and processing in sub-Saharan Africa.

African Cashew Initiative (ACi)

Producing and processing cashews is a promising business in Africa. Through a combination of interventions, the African Cashew initiative (ACi) together with private and public partners focusses on organising and building a sustainable African cashew sector to reduce poverty. The intiative aims at supporting at least 330,000 cashew farmers to add at least US$ 90 to their annual income. ACi is active in the five project countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mozambique.

The ACi constitutes a new type of broad-based multi‐stakeholder partnership in development cooperation. The German International Cooperation (GIZ) has been commissioned with the management of the project and the facilitation of cooperation among competitive private partners. Its implementing partners Technoserve and Fairmatch Support provide consultation on technical issues, as well as business advice to processors and facilitate linkages between farmers and processors. European, Asian, US and African companies, all members of the African Cashew Alliance (ACA), contribute their resources and expertise as partners. Their contributions are supplemented by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and USAID. ACi benefits from the diverse commercial and technical expertise of these private and public sector partners.


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

    Funding Agencies
    Germany | Staff size: Unknown
  • FairMatch Support

    Implementing NGO
    Netherlands | Staff size: 6-25

    FairMatch Support develops sustainable supply chains. We support companies in finding new sources and producers in finding new markets. We are most emphatically present where the chain link is...

  • TechnoServe

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 501-1000

    TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    They are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which they can do the most good.


  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

    Germany | Staff size: Unknown

    There are around 1,000 people working at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). About 66 per cent of the positions are based at the Ministry's Bonn office, while...

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Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Southern Africa, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique
  • Start Date 2009
  • End Date 2015
  • Sectors