Nearly 40 % of the global cashew crop is produced by about 1.5 million small farmers in Africa (GIZ, 2009). In Ghana GIZ has undertaken the African Cashew initiative (ACi) which aims to improve the competitiveness of cashew producers, increase their incomes, and improve their business skills. In essence the project is preparing these cashew producers to meet international standards with their products.
While improving the lives of small-scale farmers often involves addressing subsistence needs, we all also see a major role for markets for these small-scale producers. Therefore FRI has partnered with GTZ to increase farmers’ knowledge and practice of improved and proven methods for cashew production and marketing in Ghana. Participatory radio programs, targeted at 100,000 cashew farmers in Brong Ahafo, will address issues of production, marketing and post-harvest loss management.