Description of the products
Cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.) is grown in the Southern parts of Tanzania, on the opposite side of the border of the cashew-growing region of Mozambique. Cashew nuts originate from Brazil; Portuguese traders brought the seeds to Africa in the 16th century. The trees soon found their way to Mtwara region; an Indian Ocean port on trade routes once plied by David Livingstone. Tanzania is now the World’s 3rd largest producer of cashews and maybe the world’s most important, with production growing 450% (data collected from 2004 – 2018)
Most farmers are smallholders and they process their seeds through cooperative societies. Their source of income is mainly the export of the crop across the Indian Ocean. India imports almost all the cashews from the country. Tanzania generates up to 15 percent of its total foreign exchange from this leguminous fruit.
Origin of cashew nuts
We source our cashew nuts from the Indian Ocean coastal line of Tanzania. We also source from Kilwa, Lindi and Mtwara. One of challenging factor we go for in all these districts is for farmers with an average 0.5 hectares of land.
We also train them how to use organic soil enrichment such as well-rotted cow dung instead of fertilizers. We keep them updated on the latest production technologies and natural pest-eradication methods.