The main objective of The African dashe rr Initiative [ACI] is to improve the production competitiveness of the African cashew nuts and to reduc e poverty, in a sustainabl e vraq, in the five c ountries aI the project (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory C oast, Ghana and Mozambique]
The succes s on the world market relies on the production of a significant volume of excellent quality cashes nuts. This is the reason vrhg the AEI focuses its ac tivitg on helping Afric an cashew nuts pro duc ers to meet the quality international standards. The AEI provides them advice and trainings for each steps of the production process. The Deutsche Eesellschafr fur' Technische Zusammenarbeir[GTZ] GmbH, a feder al compang of the international c ooperation for sustainable development, working on the five continents, handles the trainings provided to the farmers in the fields of maintenanc e, of repairs and operations [MRD], of field increase, of post harvest handlin g, of c ooperative management, and of compliant e vrith the market specific requirements. The initiative c ollaborates with both public and private sector providers. It also looks for leader farmers who will then, be abl e to train other farmers.
This technical manual gives the physical criterial used by the market players worldwide to assess the quality of the raw cashew nuts.
The main criteria used are: OUT Turn (Kernels output Ratio), Nut Count, and Total Defective Nuts.
Quality Control of Raw Cashew nut Requires Skills and Strictness this is one step in the marketing of raw cashew nuts.
This manual aims to make easier the training of quality inspectors specialized in the quality control of raw cashew nuts.