The African Cashew Initiative (ACi) was created in 2009 to improve the production, processing and bringing to market of cashew nuts from five African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mozambique. Funded principally by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the project uses advisory services and training to help cashew farmers and processors meet international standards. The initiative – now renamed as Competitive Cashew initiative (ComCashew) – has achieved a very positive impact in the cashew market, and its organisers renewed and enhanced their commitment to the programme in 2016.