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ComCashew

The Competitive Cashew initiative (ComCashew) was created in 2009. It focuses on building a sustainable cashew value chain. The project's main objective is to increase the competitiveness of African cashew smallholders, processors and other actors of the value chain. By doing so, about 480,000 ComCashew-trained farmers (22% women) earn an additional 600 US$ family income annually. Additionally, cashew processing in Africa has increased from 3% to about 10% since the beginning of the project.


Benin
Duration: 2009 - 2020
  • 127,256 farmers trained in GAP or FBS. Thereof 20,209 women (16%)
  • Yield increase of 191% from 129 kg/ha in 2010 to 375 kg/ha yield in 2016
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 509 Euro in 2017
Burkina Faso
Duration: 2009 - 2020
  • 51,343 farmers trained in GAP or FBS. Thereof 10,701 women (21%)
  • Yield increase of  90% from 129 kg/ha in 2010 to 245 kg/ha in 2016
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 839 Euro in 2017
Côte d'Ivoire
Duration: 2009 - 2020
  • 153,440 farmers trained in GAP or FBS. Thereof 18,528 women (12%)
  • Yield increase of 67% from 336 kg/ha in 2010 to 561 kg/ha in 2016
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 810 Euro in 2017
Ghana
Duration: 2009 - 2020
  • 45,743 farmers trained in GAP or FBS. Thereof 12,722 women (28%)
  • Yield increase of 14% to 81% from 530 kg/ha in 2010 to a yield between 606 and 958 kg/ha in 2015/16
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 1,727 Euro in 2017
Mozambique
Duration: 2009 - 2020
  • 103,659 farmers trained in GAP. Thereof 25,368 women (18%)
  • Yield increase of 14% from 158 kg/ha in 2010 to 180 kg/ha in 2016
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 681 Euro in 2017
Sierra Leone
Duration: 2017 - 2020

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SSAB

Sustainable Cocoa Business, the precursor of SSAB, has developed the Farmer Business School (FBS) approach with local partners in 2010. Until now, 700 specialized FBS trainers from partners have trained 450,842 smallholders (thereof 131,992 women). Over 160,000 smallholders (30% women) have received GAP training for cocoa and food production. 31 Business Service Centers have served over 88,663 clients with inputs, technical services and financial services. 57% of FBS graduates opened saving accounts. 41% received loans for cocoa or food production. 45% of trained groups registered producer organizations. In Nigeria, 6 new producer federations (>10,000 members) emerged from FBS trainings. Average cocoa yields increased by 55% (baseline 439 kg/ha). Maize yields have reached in average 1.46 t/ha (50% increase). The annual income from non-cocoa products alone is between 630 and 830 USD (Baseline: 54 to 165USD per household; according to country).


Cameroon
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 98,833 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 27,772 women (28%)
  • 61% of FBS graduates opened savings accounts.
  • 60% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice and post-harvest methods for cocoa.
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 33%  and 100%.
Côte d’Ivoire
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 95,144 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 18,748 women (20%)
  • 87% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice and post-harvest methods for cocoa.
  • Cocoa yields have increased by 51%.
Ghana
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 154,894 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 49,001 women (32%).
  • 57% of FBS graduates opened saving accounts.
  • 45% of trained groups registered producer organizations
  • 86% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice and post-harvest methods for cocoa. 
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 33% and 100%.
Nigeria
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 97,449 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 35,262 women (36%).
  • 57% of FBS graduates opened saving accounts.
  • 41% of trained farmers received loans for cocoa or food production.
  • 45% of trained groups registered producer organizations.
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 33% and 100%.
Togo
Duration: 2014 - 2018
  • 4,522 farmers trained in FBS since 2015. Thereof 1,209 women (27%).
  • 61% of FBS graduates opened savings accounts.
  • 27% received loans for cocoa and food production.
  • 70% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice methods for cocoa.
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 33% and 100%.

COMPACI

The Competitive African Cotton Initiative (COMPACI) was launched in 2009. It aims at enabling 900,000 smallholders in twelve countries of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to sustainably increase the productivity of their cotton and food crop production. By doing so, the initiative raised their incomes by 35%. In this way, the initiative reached nearly 30% of all cotton farmers in SSA. Since cotton sales contribute up to 50% of the smallholders’ cash incomes, it allows them to improve their living conditions.


Benin
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 52,197 farmers trained. Thereof 6,674 women (13%)
  • Average yield of 905 kg/ha between 2008-2015
Burkina Faso
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 48,385 farmers trained. Thereof 3,333 women (7%)
  • Average yield of 905 kg/ha between 2008-2015
Cameroon
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 226,491 farmers trained. Thereof 30,143 women (13%)
  • Average yield of 1,182 kg/ha between 2009-2015
Côte d’Ivoire
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 92,821 farmers trained. Thereof 14,567 women (16%)
  • Average yield of 987 kg/ha between 2008-2015
Ethiopia
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 13,400 farmers trained.Thereof 1,388 women (10%)
  • Average yield of 1,175 kg/ha between 2014-2015
Ghana
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 21,446 farmers trained
  • Average yield of 723 kg/ha between 2013-2015
Malawi
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 65,145 farmers trained. Thereof 23,004 women (35%)
Mozambique
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 46,000 farmers trained. Thereof 13,118 women (29%)
Tansania
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 73,749 farmers trained. Thereof 14,380 women (19%)
Uganda
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 8,109 farmers trained. Thereof 3,196 women (39%)
Zambia
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 248,616 farmers trained. Thereof 80,185 women (32%)
Zimbabwe
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 39,173 farmers trained. Thereof 4,757 women (12%)

CARI

Since the beginning of the project in 2013, over 150,000 smallholders in four African countries have been reached by the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI). More than 370,000 beneficiaries were able to increase their incomes and to improve their food security. Through the Matching Grant Fund mechanism, smallholders and local processors (e.g. rice mills) receive technical and financial support to ensure access to high quality inputs and improved technologies. Moreover, project activities strengthened supplier relationships between producers and processors which are essential for enabling the business environment. Average yields during the project period increased by up to 210% compared to the baseline. More than 126,240 smallholders were trained in GAP or participated in FBS training.


Burkina Faso
Duration: 2013 - 2021
  • 10,444 farmers trained. Thereof 2,893 women (28%)
  • Yields increased from 3,100 kg/ha in 2013 to 5,300 kg/ha in 2017 (+71%)
  • 72% of the farmers apply diversification or intercropping methods
  • 2,335 farmers have received pre-financed inputs
Ghana
Duration: 2013 - 2021
  • 26,221 farmers trained. Thereof 11,646 women (44%)
  • Yields increased from 1,900 kg/ha in 2013 to 4,100 kg/ha in 2017 (+121%)
  • 61 % of the farmers apply diversification or intercropping methods
Nigeria
Duration: 2013 - 2021
  • 54,818 farmers trained. Thereof 10,405 women (19%)
  • Yields increased from 2,000 kg/ha in 2013 to 6,200 kg/ha in 2017 (+210%)
  • 82 % of the farmers apply diversification or intercropping methods
Tansania
Duration: 2013 - 2021
  • 34,757 farmers trained. Thereof 14,764 women (42%)
  • Yields increased from 1,400 kg/ha in 2013 to 4,000 kg/ha in 2017 (+168%)
  • 18 % of the farmers apply diversification or intercropping methods