The long term vision of the MTP is to build a pool of technical and managerial expertise, to facilitate regional exchange between cashew experts by sharing lessons learnt and innovations at regional and national level. In each country, there is resource persons for knowledge transfer in the following areas:
• Agronomy and cashew orchards management;
• Post-harvest management and quality of cashew products;
• Processing and value addition to cashew and -its by-products;
• Market Mechanism, nut and kernel market analysis;
• Business relationships between stakeholders;
• Value chain development;
• Economics of cashew farming and processing
• Self-financing advice;
• Price analysis and price formation;
• Design and production of teaching/training materials.
Achievements so far
Graduate Experts trained
After 14 editions of MTP, 1037 experts along the cashew value chain with 38% of women and 62% men graduated as Master trainers among which there were 46% youthful representation (that is people under 35 years old).
The programme gathers in a single entity all the actors of the value chain: Farmers, Processors, Traders and Exporters, decision makers, Ministries, Universities, Research, Finance.
The MTP constitute an effective regional
exchange between so far 21 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana,
Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Togo, Mali, Gambia, Cameroun, Tanzania, Zambia, Chad, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Guinea Conakry, Madagascar, Germany, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone
Collaboration amongst partners
The Master Training Program has been implemeented by partners such as the GIZ, ACA, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Cocoa Research Institute Ghana, the Ivorian Cotton and Cashew Council, and many private partners.
Past sessions were also co-sponsored by:
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), PSAC, The Zambian Ministry for Agriculture and the African Development Bank, World bank /PACA, IRD, BMZ/GIZ bilateral projects in Togo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Madagascar, Caju Industrie, Burkina Cajou, The Ministry of
Agriculture in Burkina Faso, Ministry of
Agriculture and Cashew Board in Tanzania, The Ministry of Agriculture and COOPI/ EU in Sierra Leone, USIBRAS and INCAJU.