This is a 6-year program (2017-2023) funded by USDA to enhance the production and trade of cashews in local and international markets.
The project works around three objectives which are:
Increase RCN quality
Increase or maintain quality of Raw Cashew Nuts outturn in 52-54 lbs
Increase RCN processing
Increase processing of Raw Cashew Nuts to additional 30000 tons locally
Strengthen cooperatives and sale up to 50% by organizing collective sales
Improve post-production handling, and strengthen farm management.
The LIFFT-Cashew program will approach improving agricultural techniques from a social capital perspective and will establish up to 8 cashew demonstration farms, spread out geographically.
By establishing and growing Cashew Marketing Associations (CMAs, similar to producer cooperatives), the program will improve the bargaining power of cashew producers, improve post-production handling, and strengthen farm management.