British based charity Farm Africa is one of the organisations supporting an initiative targeting smallholder cashew nut farmers in Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu Counties.
The recently launched project is being supported by the European Union through member countries Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary in conjunction with Ten Senses Africa Ltd and Farm Africa.
Funded by the European Trust Fund, over 15,000 smallholder farmers in the region will see their income from the crop increase after entering the cashew value chain. Also planned is a cashew factory with an annual capacity of 2,400 tonnes.
It is hoped that over one million improved cashew and sesame seedings and seeds will be raised and distributed over a four-year period. In addition, farmers will receive certification as producers of organic and fair-trade cashew and sesame.