The Cashew Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

Carlos Lássimo (right) teaches his son Adamo (left) how to graft seedlings

Carlos Lássimo (right) teaches his son Adamo (left) how to graft seedlings

July 2016

In the small village of Cataputa in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, Carlos Lássimo grafts cashew seedlings with his 10-year-old son, Adamo. Just as Lássimo learned about cashew production from his father, he is teaching his son traditional farming knowledge, which is typically passed on from generation to generation. However, Lássimo is sharing more than traditional knowledge with his son. He is also sharing new and expanded knowledge that he has gained through his work with MozaCajú as a promoter and seedling producer. 

One day, Lássimo hopes to pay for agronomy school for Adamo, who wants to become an agronomist and eventually take over the production of the family’s cashew trees and seedlings.  In the Lássimo family, the cashew apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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