This conference will be organized in collaboration with the Association of Benin value chain, namely the Interprofession the cashew sector (IFA) and the Government of Benin, aims to provide a platform to encourage strategic partnerships, investment, sharing of experiences and to do business, said Johanna Adotevi, Executive Committee member of the ACA.
The Annual Conference Cashew meet for four days experts from the cashew industry across the value chain, producers, traders, processors, exporters, government agencies, equipment manufacturers and service providers to learn and discuss ways to stimulate production and deliberate on the future of the transformation in Africa as well as the organization of the sector. It will incorporate specific sessions for industry, networking opportunities and panels that will work on a variety of cross-cutting issues, including financing cashew, commodity marketing markets and food security, investment in African markets, improving market information systems, innovations in processing, research and production techniques.
Simplice Gué Cotton Cashew Board of Côte d'Ivoire said that cashew contributes greatly to the local economy. And cashew remains an important element in the agricultural policy of producing states. '' For the Ivory Coast specifically, export earnings from cashew nuts totaled 400 billion CFA francs for each campaign '', has he revealed. Simplice Gué has also indicated that African production of cashew nuts increased from 1.2 million tonnes in 2014, 1.8 million tonnes in 2016.
However the challenge for African States remains that of transformation. In Côte d'Ivoire on 650,000 tons produced only 40,000 tons are processed locally, according to figures from Cashew Cotton Council.
The edition 2016 Annual Conference Cashew held in Bissau, brought together over 250 participants from 28 countries. At the Conference this year, a key initiative will be to develop and review strategies adaptable to the demands of the evolving industry and agree on a common vision for the industry, hence the theme " a new vision for partnerships and investments. " A wide range of experts is expected to deliver speeches and ensure moderation thematic forums, round tables and practical sessions.
The African Cashew Alliance was created in 2005 as an association of African and international companies with an interest in promoting an African cashew industry competitive globally. Today, the ACA has a new vision to create an African cashew industry sustainable offering value added products competitive globally and ensures profitability for all stakeholders. Many member companies work under the banner of the ACA and represent all aspects of the cashew value chain, namely the producers, processors, traders and international buyers.
Elisha B. Source: http://news.abidjan.net/h/617753.html