Lower than 15 days earlier than the primary spherical of the Ivory Coast presidential election, this week RFI is providing you a sequence of 5 studies from Africa and the economic system. First half on Monday: The best way to make Ivorian cashew extra aggressive and, particularly, to overcome the British and European markets? That was the topic of a debate that befell on Friday 16 October in Abidjan. Côte d’Ivoire has simply acquired a brand new cashew processing plant, CITA. The Cashew Innovation and Expertise Heart can also be a workforce coaching heart, but additionally a consulting and experience heart. A form of incubator for entrepreneurs within the sector.
There are nonetheless twenty years the Ivory Coast had suffered within the cashew sector, it’s at this time the primary world producer of cashew nuts. The nation has now begun the transformation. The concept is that cashew nut will not be present process the identical improvement as cocoa, of which the nation has additionally been the world’s largest producer for years, in keeping with Soumahoro Bangali, director of CITA, the Heart for Innovation and Applied sciences in Cashew Nut. “Precisely, we now not wish to be restricted to manufacturing and restricted to the small part of added worth. That is why we went quick by way of cashews and we are going to put the required instruments to rise up the worth chain in a short time.
Côte d’Ivoire at the moment provides at the least an preliminary processing of 100,000 tonnes of cashews or 13% of its annual manufacturing, which is 750,000 tonnes. CITA will not be solely a processing plant, additionally it is a coaching heart for all those that wish to put money into the sector.
Adama Coulibaly, Director Normal of the Cotton and Cashew Council. “It was funded by the Cotton and Cashew Council at two counters. With 90% of the funding mobilized in our personal window and 10% that we mobilized on the window of a World Financial institution-funded mission as a part of selling the worth chain in cashews. “
With international funding of three billion 900 million CFA francs or nearly 6 million euros. An ambition for transformation that will probably be useful to producers in a single facet. “With regard to cashews, they’re distributed within the worth chain as follows: at manufacturing degree it’s 20% of the worth, at processing degree it’s 40% and on the degree of distribution 40%. When you solely carry out in manufacturing in a single sector, you might have 20% of the worth and you don’t have any management over the opposite worth chains. If you’re in manufacturing on a regular basis and also you overproduce, the value within the worldwide market drops whenever you simply promote the uncooked materials. When you handle to course of it, the processed product is less complicated to retailer and retailer than uncooked nuts, that are in a short time perishable. “
Primarily based in Yamoussoukro, 235 km north of Abidjan, CITA now employs 150 folks, most of whom are ladies.