The cashew harvest in Mozambique is getting underway!
We have heard from our cashew farmer partners IKURU Sarl that the first nuts are off the trees and it looks like it will be a good harvest. Picking has started in the three districts in the region of Southern Nampula where IKURU farmers live and work on their small cashew orchards.
IKURU’s cashews are destined for other markets this year, alas for us. But we are busy working on a project with them with the aim of bringing their delicious nuts to Liberation Nuts customers from next year’s harvest. We have been working with the IKURU farmers for over 10 years now and we have bought their produce in previous years – so we know it’s good stuff and we know about the great work they do with their 20,000 (yes 20,000) small-scale farmer members in a beautiful and fascinating yet tough and challenging part of sub-Saharan Africa.
IKURU was established to secure markets for small-scale farmers back in 2003 and we hooked up with them soon after. IKURU means strength in Macua, the local language, and here’s wishing the farmers, their families and communities a wonderful harvest this year and that they keep on going from strength to strength.