The Government of Benin is paying particular attention to the cashew sector, which it aims to increase from 150,000 to 300,000 tons of production through the planting of 60,000 hectares of new cashew orchards and the local processing of at least 50% of the national cashew production. This is a noble ambition that accompanies the BeninCajù project financed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented by TechnoServe Benin and CRS for the integration and acceleration of the cashew sector in Benin. Indeed, the Sectoral Policy and Institutional Support (SPIS) component of the BeninCajù project provides, among other things, technical assistance to public institutions in the sector, training for cashew seedling nurserymen on entrepreneurial management, and targeted support for cashew nut production techniques. Thus, as part of the professionalization program for agricultural enterprises producing and distributing certified cashew seedlings, conducted jointly with ATDA4 and FeNaPAC Benin, BeninCajù organized several capacity-building activities on the production techniques of certified cashew seedlings.
Downstream, a post-training follow-up mission was carried out in January 2021 coupled with the coaching of ATDA4 Advisors. It allowed to visit the nurseries installed in the municipalities visited, to assess the 2020 campaign and to evaluate the progress of the wood yards. More details here.