Enhancing cashew nut value chain regulatory framework

ANSAF with the support of BEST-AC commissioned a study in 2012/2013 to conduct comprehensive assessment on policies, laws and regulations governing the cashew nut sector and develop a concrete proposal for lobbying the government to improve the sector’s growth and productivity. The study found, among other things, lost economic opportunities through raw cashew export such as job creation and revenue; limited market; weaknesses in regulation related to late delivery of inputs; exploitative cost structures through warehouse receipt system; auction systems and poor management of cooperative societies and Farmers associations. A six pages policy brief was prepared from the research report to influence and enlighten the stakeholders on the status of the crop and recommendations on the best ways to improve the sub-sector.
ANSAF has continued its engagement with the public sector, and other stakeholders involved in the cashew industry with the purpose to effectively engage stakeholders for improved local processing and marketing of Tanzanian cashew. This can be achieved through strengthening value chain coordination of public and private sectors and enhance value addition of cashew products and increase competitiveness of the sector. Activities under this project include supporting the formation and strengthening of district level processing associations.