Voices of the Cashew Sector – Joseph Zerbo

May 25, 2022 Agriculture Constance Konan, Aminata Camara Badji, Analisa Goodmann

In 2020, Development Gateway (DG) partnered with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) under the USDA West Africa PRO-Cashew project to develop the Cashew-IN data collection and analysis platform

The project has identified gaps in the data collection, storage, usage and dissemination related to the cashew sector in all five of the implementing countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Nigeria). The project is now working to address these gaps through a multi-country cashew data management system (Cashew-IN) that will facilitate access to and use of data to improve decision-making for policymakers, farmers, and the private sector. The ultimate goal is to generate better market outcomes for cashew nuts in these countries.

Joseph Zerbo, Economic Affairs Advisor General Manager of the Burkinabe Cashew Council (CBA), provides an overview of the cashew sector in Burkina Faso.

Joseph Zerbo

Can you give us an overview of the challenges to accessing data in the cashew sector in Burkina Faso?

The cashew sector is a high wealth and job creation sector that requires reliable and up-to-date statistical data in order to facilitate development interventions and actions. The challenges of access to quality data are effective in production, processing and marketing. Direct and indirect actors need statistical data for strategic decision-making in order to boost the development of the sector in accordance with the government’s orientations through the Economic and Social Development Plan II.

In the next five years, what is your ambition for the cashew sector in Burkina Faso?

Our ambition for the next five years is to have an exhaustive and updated database on the cashew nut sector. These statistical data will allow the public administration and development partners to intervene more effectively in the sector on the one hand, and on the other hand, to the direct actors of the sector to develop their production, processing and marketing activities; all of which will contribute to creating more wealth and jobs for the benefit of the populations.

How can the Cashew-IN platform help you achieve your objectives? 

Cashew-IN, being a sub-regional data platform, could contribute to the dissemination of data for the benefit of users at the national and international levels. It is an opportunity for Burkina Faso, through the Burkinabe Cashew Council, to pool efforts in order to promote the culture of production and dissemination of statistical data, which is so important for the development of our countries as a whole and the cashew sector in particular.

This interview was edited for clarity and style. 

To learn more about Cashew-IN, check out our Cashew-IN program playlist on YouTube.

For any questions or comments, please reach out to Constance Konan at ckonan@developmentgateway.org. 



The U.S. Department of Agriculture is a federal department that provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management. Through their PRO-Cashew project, USDA is working to boost the competitiveness of West African producers by improving efficiency and quality in production and trade, and by working to develop more coherent regional trade and investment policies.


Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture is an international agricultural development organization that specializes in the design and implementation of sustainable, enterprise-based agricultural initiatives. We work with businesses, foundations, governments, and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since its inception in 1985, CNFA has designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity, and improve access to inputs and financing in 47 countries around the world.



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