Tolaro Global is a cashew nut processing business based in Parakou, a small town in Northern Benin. Founded in 2010, Tolaro sources raw cashew nuts directly from local farmers and transforms them for export. It is the first factory in Africa to receive the African Cashew Alliance quality seal (an industry-accepted mark that confirms compliance with internationally recognized standards of quality, food safety and social and labor standards). Tolaro employs more than 400 Beninese men and women with formal salaried jobs and sources its cashew from over 7,000 smallholder farmers in the region, for whom the business also provides technical training to increase cashew yields and farmers’ incomes.
Tolaro’s impact is evident across several dimensions: 1) by providing expanded market access to local farmers, 2) by creating local, salaried employment in a rural area, 3) by contributing to additional outcomes such as improved food security and childhood education, and 4) by generating added value for the Beninese economy.
Learn more on Tolaro’s website here.