Project Overview

    The Cashew Infrastructure Development Project (CIDP) aims at reviving the cashew subsector and is one of the Government of Zambia’s (GoZ) priority projects. The development goal is to contribute to country’s economic growth and food security. The CIDP objective is to contribute to poverty reduction, improved household incomes through improved cashew production and processing. The Project will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), over a period of 5 years, in Mongu, Limulunga, Senanga, Kalabo, Nalolo, Sikongo, Shangombo, Sioma, Lukulu, and Mitete Districts of the Western Province.

    The 10 Districts were selected based on: 

    1. High potential for cashew production,
    2. Less frost problem,
    3. High incidence of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, and
    4. Vulnerability to environmental degradation and climate change

    The Project has 3 components:

    1 Support to Cashew Value Chain with 3 sub-components,
    • Irrigation infrastructure for cashew nurseries and clone gardens,
    • Cashew plantation rejuvenation and establishment, and
    • Infrastructure for cashew-processing and marketing;
    2 Capacity Building with 3 sub-components,

    • Training,
    • Technical support, and
    • Matching fund; and
    3 Project Management with 2 sub-components,

    • Project coordination, and
    • Monitoring and evaluation. Gender, social and environmental issues have been considered in all project activities.

    Project Duration

    Project was launched in November 2016 in Mongu District by the Minister of Agriculture Honourable Dora Siliya, MP. The project will run for 5 years up to 2021.
    The Project will benefit 60,000 smallholder farmers including 30,000 (50%) women and 7,000 youths, each planting 1 ha (100 cashew trees). The Project will create about 6,000 full time jobs (3,000 women, and 1,000 youths) along cashew value chain from production, processing to marketing. At full maturity of the cashew trees, each farming household (with 1 ha) will have annual income of  USD 429.
    Project Launch
    Knowledge Management: Knowledge gained through implementation of previous projects has been used in designing CIDP. The CIDP will contribute to knowledge that will be generated through implementation and will be useful during design and management of future similar projects especially on how to
    1. Raise cashew productivity and value addition,
    2. Raise the competitiveness of the cashew value chain,
    3. Raise the incomes of smallholder cashew farmers and processors, and
    4. Expand and broaden employment and job creation. The gained knowledge will be documented through the baseline survey reports, policy research and reforms on cashew sector, progress reports, gender disaggregated impact evaluation reports, mid-term review report, beneficiary impact assessment report and project completion report. The Project will organise lessons learnt sessions and involve students of colleges and universities to research specific issues in the cashew value chain

    Cost of the Project:
    The Project costs USD 55.42 million broken down as follows,
    • USD 45.00 million (81.2%)
    • Government of the Republic of Zambia Contribution of USD 8.31 million (15%)
    • Beneficiaries contribution of USD 2.11 million (3.8%)