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Ghana Cashew Market Guide

Country Specific
Oct 22, 2021
Edited by
Roy Park
HS Code: 080132 - Nuts, edible; cashew nuts, fresh or dried, shelled
FAO Code: 0217 - Cashew nuts, with shell
Share in Export
≈ 0.44%Rank 13
Share in Import
≈ 0.01%Rank 95
Share in Production
Export Volume
1Y ≈ -25.71%
Import Volume
1Y ≈ 5375.85%

Production Value Chain

How is the supply chain in Ghana?

-Farmers/producer -> Processor (Drying and packing) -> Exporter

-Most of the time, companies buy the raw cashew nuts from the farmers and then process/dry themselves because, in order to buy cashew nuts, one needs a company document.

-The second most prominent case is wherein farmers form a coop and process then sell.

-Sometimes, the farmers are connected to agents who process the cashew nuts

-It’s rare that farmers also do the drying and packing themselves alone.

-Middlemen play a big role in the industry because most farmers don't have the capital to process themselves.

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How does the processing work in Ghana?

-Main producing regions are (from biggest to smallest):(Brong-Ahafo/Afram Plains > Northern region > Upper West region > Upper East region > Coastal Savanna)

-The peak season for selling is from January to May.

-Production goes down during the rainy season because the cashew nuts have to be dried under the sun.

-Cashew nuts are dried under the sun and then packed

-95% of cashew nuts from Ghana is exported in the shell so there isn’t much processing needed

-When the order comes in, cashew nuts are brought out from the warehouse. It’s not possible to get fresh harvests as these have to be dried prior to packing.

-Usually, there isn't much stock left as the suppliers usually already have contracted buyers. Moreover, the suppliers do not want to hold stocks.

-This is why the price is quite high during the non-harvest season.

-Sometimes, suppliers buy from other suppliers to meet demand. 

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Which are the main financial institutions providing support for the cashew industry in Ghana?

Agricultural Development Banks, Rural Banks, and Commercial Banks/National Investments Banks/ECOBANK/Merchant Banks are the main financial institutions providing support for the cashew industry in Ghana.

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