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The cashew country profile consists of cashew growing regions in each of the countries, government policies, RCN production and export data, export data of kernels and shipping and logistics companies operating in each of those countries. It also covers about major banks and other NGOs financing the cashew value chain. The profile will give in depth details about various cashew countries and its importance in global cashew trade.


Responding to high demand in the global cashew market and the superior quality of their raw product, Benin's cashew cultivation has expanded more than tenfold in the past two decades. Benin still exports 92 percent of its cashew as unprocessed raw nut.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is the continental country situated in the middle of West Africa between the latitudes 90˚20˚ and 15˚05˚North. Burkina Faso is a landlocked country located in the middle of West Africa's "hump."


Cashew cultivation in Ghana started in the 1960's with sporadic plantings in the Central and Greater Accra Regions and later spread to the Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

Guinea Bissau

Cashew nuts represent more than 90% of the country's exports, which is over 60% of state GDP and about 17% of state revenues. They are currently the second largest producer of cashew in Africa.


India is located in South Asia, bordered by Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, Burma and Pakistan. India is the world's largest democracy and second most populous country emerged as a major power in the 1990s.

Cote d'Ivoire

In 2015 Cote d'voire replaces India as the top RCN producer by producing 700,000 tonnes. Cote d'ivoire RCN production is growing at rate of 13 percent in the last 12 years, which is phenomenal.


Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks.


Nigeria is expected to record increase in its cashew nut production in coming years due to renewed focus by the government and increasing demand for the commodity across developed countries and Asia.


Tanzania is among traditional cashew nut producing countries in the world and known for producing quality nuts.They are constructing 3 cashew processing factories with a capacity of 30,000 tons per year.


Vietnam continued its dominance in the global cashew kernel export markets since 2006. Vietnam is also the second largest cashew processor with operating capacity of 1.3 million tonnes in 2015.