According to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, “Tackling climate change and fostering sustainable development are two mutually reinforcing sides of the same coin”. This photo illustration tells the story of the cashew value chain as one of the multiple and necessary innovative answers to a changing environment while reflecting the work of the Competitive Cashew initiative since 2009, in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mozambique.
Cashew is more than just an agricultural solution to changing environments; it offers possibilities for value addition, job creation and income generation.
Smallholder farmers like Mary Sarpong from Ghana, witness the arrival of new opportunities and perspectives. Through inter cropping and beekeeping, smallholders are able to diversify their income sources thereby ensuring that their families are catered for families during the lean season. For Mary and many other women in her community, Cashew signifies a departure from poverty.
Cashew production, but also local processing, offers the possibility to create additional jobs in rural areas, for many women and especially for young people who represent more than 70% of the African population. For processors like Kwabena Taylor, setting up a cashew processing unit provides an opportunity to invest in his local community and thereby mitigate migration. Local processing offers the possibility of creating an additional 450.000 jobs could annually. The cashew value chain is a link between rural and urban areas and, as shown in this photo illustration, is a way to adapt to changes and to mark a new departure towards a sustainable development.