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TechnoServe and the Government of Mozambique’s National Cashew Institute (INCAJU) are hosting a conference entitled ‘Inputs for growth’ which will take place from December 7 – 8th at the Hotel Avenida in Maputo, Mozambique.
With optimal growing conditions, including an early harvest season that allows Mozambican cashew producers to take advantage of off-season premium prices, and a strong local processing sector, Mozambique is uniquely well-positioned to become one of the most competitive providers of sustainable, high quality cashew nuts in the world. Globally, there is a steady increase of price and growing demand for both raw cashew nuts and kernel. Locally, the growing processing sector presents a reliable domestic demand for raw cashew nuts. In this context, there is greater potential return for producers, input traders, and investors who choose to invest in improved inputs for increased production.
The main objective of the conference is to convene relevant stakeholders and experts in order to develop a road map for the privatisation of the input market for seeds and chemicals that will inform and incentivise future investments and public policies in the Mozambican cashew industry. This conference will highlight the potential return on investment from the appropriate use of improved inputs in cashew farming in Mozambique, and emphasise the need for a strong commercial trade in inputs, including both seeds and chemicals. The conference will explore topics such as cashew production trends and the urgent need for inputs, models and policies for development of input markets, and methods for financing.
The conference will also highlight the successes, challenges and overall lessons learned from the experience of implementing TechnoServe’s main cashew nut industry project, MozaCajú, which is a 4 year initiative funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF). Since 2014, MozaCajú has been operating in the three northern provinces of Nampula, Cabo Delgado and Zambézia, in line with the Government of Mozambique’s efforts to reduce poverty. MozaCajú has supported the Mozambican cashew nut industry by harnessing global market demand for premium cashew and addressing obstacles throughout the value chain, including in the areas of production, inputs, processing, finance, and marketing.