Zambia - Cashew infrastructure development project (CIDP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 04 Nov 2015
Signature Date 29 Mar 2016
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 33,813,230.74
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Cashew Infrastructure Development Project (CIDP) is a stand-alone investment Project aimed at rejuvenating the cashew industry and enhancement of economic development in the Western Province of Zambia. 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 Project has 3 components: (1) Support to Cashew Value Chain with 3 sub-components, (i) irrigation infrastructure for cashew nurseries and clone gardens, (ii) cashew plantation rejuvenation and establishment, and (iii) infrastructure for cashew-processing and marketing; (2) Capacity Building with 3 sub-components, (i) training, (ii) technical support, and (iii) matching fund; and (3) Project Management with 2 sub-components, (i) project coordination, and (ii) monitoring and evaluation. The Project cost is USD 55.42 million. The CIDP will further strengthen and consolidate gains achieved from similar agriculture-related value chain development interventions.

Project Objectives

The development objective is to contribute to economic growth and food security. The Project objective is to contribute to the country’s poverty reduction and improved household incomes through improved cashew production, processing and marketing. Enhanced household incomes will lead to improved household food security. The Project will (i) increase cashew tree productivity and production, (ii) contribute to improved household income and food security, (iii) increase foreign xchange earnings from cashew products, and (iii) improve rural employment for men, women and youths.


The primary beneficiaries of the Project are smallholder cashew farmers/producers and processors (farmer groups and Private Sector). The Project will directly benefit 60,000 smallholder farmers including 30,000 (50%) women and 7,000 youths, each planting 1 ha (100 cashew trees). The labour input for the farming operations is equivalent to 25,000 jobs. However, the Project will generate about 6,000 full time jobs (3,000 of which will be for rural women and 1,000 for youths) in cashew nursery, production, processing and marketing operations. The Project, through Matching Fund facility, will promote ownership by small-scale entrepreneurs of at least 10 cashew tree nurseries and 4 cashew processing facilities.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Zambia


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZM-AA0-024
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name BANGWE Lewis Mupeta

Geographic Location

Country Zambia
Coordinates Location Name
-15.77385 22.99538 Nalolo District
-14.97005 22.68138 Kalabo
-14.83997 22.71197 Kalabo District
-14.98032 23.35706 Limulunga District
-15.42897 23.1986 Namushakende
-16.39704 23.31962 Nangweshi
-16.08965 23.76732 Senanga District
-16.30827 22.45556 Shangombo
-15.23673 22.17756 Sikongo District
-15.15644 23.548 Simulumbe