How YYTZ Agro-Processing is transforming the cashew value chain in Tanzania

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Are you interested in learning how a social enterprise is creating a positive impact for smallholder farmers and women groups in Tanzania through cashew processing? If yes, then you are in the right place!

In this blog post, we will introduce you to YYTZ Agro-Processing, a full-service cashew processing company that is dedicated to producing high-quality cashew nuts and products. In part 2 of this blog, we shall also share the inspiring story of Fahad Awadh, the co-founder and Chief Cashew Officer of YYTZ Agro-Processing, who moved back to Tanzania to pursue his dream of making a difference in his home country.

What is YYTZ Agro-Processing?

YYTZ Agro-Processing is a Zanzibar-based company that operates across the entire cashew value chain, from sourcing raw cashews from Tanzanian farmers, to processing them in a modern facility, to marketing them under a transparent consumer brand that resonates both regionally and internationally.

How it started?

YYTZ Agro-Processing was established in 2016 by Fahad Awadh and his brother Ali Awadh, who saw an opportunity to capture more value for Tanzanian farmers and consumers in the growing cashew market. Tanzania is the fourth largest cashew producer in the world, with 85 percent of cashews grown by smallholder farmers. Yet, most of these farmers receive less than 10 percent of the final cashew price due to underinvestment in processing capacity and market connections.

Investing in State-of-the-Art Processing Facilities:

YYTZ Agro-Processing has made substantial investments in state-of-the-art facilities.
photo credit: YYTZ Agro-Processing

Recognizing the significance of advanced processing techniques, YYTZ Agro-Processing has made substantial investments in state-of-the-art facilities. With modern equipment and stringent quality control measures, the company ensures that the cashews meet international standards. This focus on quality has enabled YYTZ Agro-Processing to position itself as a trusted supplier in the global market.

Promoting Sustainable Practices:

Sustainability is a core value at YYTZ Agro-Processing. The company promotes environmentally friendly practices and places a strong emphasis on sustainable agriculture. By implementing efficient water management systems, adopting eco-friendly packaging, and encouraging responsible farming practices, YYTZ Agro-Processing is committed to minimizing its environmental impact and promoting a greener future.

How YYTZ Agro-Processing is transforming the cashew value chain in Tanzania
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Empowering Farmers through Training and Support:

YYTZ Agro-Processing believes in the power of knowledge and provides extensive training and support to cashew farmers. From cultivation best practices to post-harvest handling techniques, the company equips farmers with the tools they need to maximize yields and produce high-quality cashews. By sharing expertise and establishing strong partnerships, YYTZ Agro-Processing empowers farmers to thrive in the cashew industry.

Creating Economic Opportunities for Women:


How YYTZ Agro-Processing is transforming the cashew value chain in Tanzania
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YYTZ Agro-Processing recognizes the vital role of women in agriculture and aims to create economic opportunities for them. The company actively employs women from rural communities, providing them with fair wages and benefits. By empowering women in the workforce, YYTZ Agro-Processing not only improves their livelihoods but also promotes gender equality within the industry.

Celebrating Achievements and Recognition:

Under the leadership of Fahad Awadh, YYTZ Agro-Processing has garnered significant recognition and accolades. The company has received prestigious awards for its outstanding contributions to the agricultural sector. Fahad himself has been recognized as a visionary entrepreneur and has been featured on platforms such as Forbes, further amplifying YYTZ Agro-Processing’s impact and inspiring others to follow suit.

Looking Towards the Future:

As YYTZ Agro-Processing continues to grow and expand its reach, Fahad Awadh remains committed to transforming the cashew industry in Tanzania. With a steadfast focus on empowering farmers, promoting sustainability, and delivering exceptional quality, YYTZ Agro-Processing is poised to make a lasting mark on the global cashew market.

Stay tuned to the Agricjournalist blog for part 2 where we get to know more about Fahad Awadh founder of YYTZ Agro-Processing.

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