By David Lederer, Project Manager, Red River Foods
Yao Wilfried Kouadio, 26, lives in a small community in the Sakassou region of Côte d’Ivoire called Konankro, located in the country’s dense, lush, central region where cashew trees dot the landscape. While sun-loving cashew trees grow quickly here, without appropriate spacing they fail to produce their full potential yield. In Sakassou, this phenomenon is all too common. Without the meticulous pruning required to help them grow, farmers can’t derive the full benefits of the crop.