ACCESSING THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR CASHEW KERNEL BY RURAL-BASED PROCESSORS: THE PHILIPPINE EXPERIENCE

R.S.M. Dela Cruz
The commercial development of the cashew (Anacardium occidentale) in the Philippines has proceeded at a snails pace for many reasons, foremost of which is the poor technology to facilitate the extraction of quality kernels from the nuts. With appropriate technology and local support, a small scale rural-based cashew nut processing enterprise has achieved sustained production and developed a niche in the international market. Aside from the increased and more stable income enjoyed by the adopters of the processing technology, this rural-based enterprise has created a ready market for locally produced nuts, retained the value-added activities and provided a source of livelihood for the resource poor cashew growers, empowered rural women and improved and/or expanded the cultivation of cashew within the community. The results emphasize the importance of institutional support in improving and/or developing a supply chain for processed cashew kernel. Support from the government in developing appropriate processing technologies and its catalytic role in providing assistance in the establishment of new income-generating activities in rural communities; the concerted efforts of private and government institutions in providing technical, credit and market assistance; and the continuing efforts of the early adopters to improve their processing activities have been instrumental in the success.
Dela Cruz, R.S.M. (2008). ACCESSING THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR CASHEW KERNEL BY RURAL-BASED PROCESSORS: THE PHILIPPINE EXPERIENCE. Acta Hortic. 794, 91-98
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2008.794.10
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2008.794.10
cashew nut, kernel quality, shelling, rural structures, value-adding activities, supply chain
English

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