MozaCajú is a three-year, USDA-funded initiative that supports the Mozambican cashew industry by harnessing global market demand for premium cashew and addressing obstacles throughout the value chain, including in the areas of inputs, production, processing and marketing. With targeted technical assistance delivered by qualified project staff, MozaCajú helps an estimated 30,000 smallholder cashew farmers and nine processing facilities to sustainably increase their productivity and competitiveness.
With growing demand for premium cashew internationally, Mozambican processing facilities are seeking larger quantities of high-quality nuts. Current production levels of smallholder cashew trees, however, are not adequate to meet the growing demands of these factories. To provide the quantities that factories want, cashew farmers need access to yield-promoting inputs and training on improved farming practices. With a consistent supply of quality cashew assured, factories can adopt efficiency-enhancing technologies and management systems that will allow them to expand their capacity and enter premium markets.
Sustained growth of Mozambique's cashew industry is contingent on the ability of producers and processors to meet these needs and share in the benefits generated from increased sales in international retail markets. MozaCajú responds to the inter-connected nature of the cashew value chain by providing the specific technical assistance farmers and factories require for the industry to reach its full potential. The initiative directly supports cashew producers through agricultural extension, nursery development, and demonstration plots, paying special attention to the needs of female farmers. MozaCajú also works closely with processing facilities to improve their business plans, implement effective traceability systems, and meet the standards of international retailers for quality, quantity, and food safety.
For success to endure, however, benefits must accrue to all parties up and down the value chain. That is why the concept of "shared value" is a cornerstone of the MozaCajú initiative. Shared value from tree to trade means that farmers, processors, retailers, and consumers are linked together in a way that promotes industry growth, and addresses each group's unique interests. Through policies and operational practices that are both business-savvy and socially conscious, MozaCajú is redefining these linkages to help the cashew industry increase its profits and enhance its competitiveness, while at the same time advancing the economic and social conditions of the families and communities that depend on cashew for their livelihood.
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TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. It is a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital, and markets. Its work is rooted in the idea that hardworking people can generate income, jobs, and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, TechnoServe believes in the power of private enterprise to transform lives. TechnoServe has been providing technical assistance to agribusinesses in Mozambique with high growth potential since 1998.
As the lead implementing partner, TechnoServe Mozambique is using its extensive experience in the Mozambican and African cashew industries to drive and implement the strategy for MozaCajú. TechnoServe is involved in all aspects of the initiative, and is leveraging specialists in the areas of processing, product certification, and marketing to help build strong linkages between Mozambican factories and international cashew retailers.
Aga Khan Foundation
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) focuses on a small number of specific development problems by forming intellectual and financial partnerships with organizations sharing its objectives. Most Foundation grants are made to grassroots organizations testing innovative approaches in the field. With a small staff, a host of cooperating agencies and thousands of volunteers, the Foundation reaches out to vulnerable populations on four continents, irrespective of their race, religion, political persuasion or gender. AKF's activities in Mozambique are concentrated in Cabo Delgado, the northernmost, and poorest, province of Mozambique. AKF is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, which brings together social, economic and cultural development. The Network’s experience includes decades of integrated rural development and value-chain approaches from Rural Support Programmes in Asia and Africa.
AKF Mozambique is implementing MozaCajú's agricultural extension efforts, training cashew farmers on improved production methods and farm management techniques, as well as improving their access to yield-promoting inputs and support services.
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