The main objective of Competitive Cashew initiative (ComCashew), previously African Cashew initiative (ACi) is to increase the competitiveness of African cashew smallholders, processors and other actors in the value chain and achieve a lasting reduction of poverty in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mozambique.

After having built a basis for the cashew sector in the five African project countries through trainings for farmers and processors and through activities linking them to national and international markets, ComCashew aims now – in its third phase – to consolidate these efforts. It is putting more emphasis on establishing a sustainable relationship between the chain actors, on transfering knowledge and building sustainable institutions providing trainings, business advise and services.

Still the main objective of all ComCashew's activities is to increase the income of cashew farmers and processing factory workers.
ComCashew activities operate along four forces:

  • Force 1: Production: The average productivity of cashew farmers is increased sustainably.

  • Force 2: Processing: Sustainable in-country processing is established and increases competitiveness on the world market.

  • Force 3: Supply Chain Linkages: Farmer groups, processors, and retailers have stable and sustainable business relationships.

  • Force 4: Strengthening the organization of the cashew sector: Key stakeholders are organized at the national and regional levels around shared goals; the processing industry is effectively represented by a professional industry association; the various donor programs supporting the sector are operating in alignment.


ComCashew is implementing various Innovative Projects. The Cashew Matching Fund is the most prominent innovation introduced in its second phase. The Fund brings together private and public sector partners and farmers to build closer supply chain linkages. Thus ComCashew's activities are directly implemented by partners. ComCashew facilitates the mutual learning of all Matching Fund projects through exchange platforms.