Cashews from Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso, which has been hit hard by attacks from Islamist groups in recent years, produces some of the best cashews in the world. However, due to the lack of processing capacity, most cashew nuts are exported to Vietnam or India and this reduces profits for the country and for farmers. Farmers in Burkina Faso have very little control over who and how they sell their cashews.
Nuts are purchased from over 3.000 families organised in cooperatives. They are harvested and dried by farmers and then processed locally at the factory where they are cleaned, cut off and dried. It provides better quality, traceability and increased returns for farmers.
Farmers receive a fair trade bonus for cashews. There are good 450-men and women working in the factory, and they also get a pay bonus, they have a health system and they are in the local trade union.
Cash nuts make an important contribution to creating employment and income in Burkina Faso. That's a lot to take in.
About Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world and has been hit hard in recent years by the activities and attacks of armed Islamist groups entering the country from the region around Mali.
More than six million people have now been affected by the conflict in Burkina Faso and almost a million people in the affected northern Burkina Faso have been displaced and need humanitarian aid.
Burkina Faso needs the support we can give through increased trade to promote peace and prosperity. cashew production can help with that.
Buy cashew nuts from Burkina Faso in the webshop.