The Out-Growers’ Process
Out-Growers integrate the farmer in a short and transparent value chain connecting farmers to international markets
The Farmer Clubs are legal entities in which more than 10,000 farmers are members. The Farmer Clubs will receive agricultural education and are trained in best practices on farming, planning, bookkeeping and management. They also agricultural inputs such as seedlings.
Out- Growers facilitates the program, which is profitable, sustainable and financed by NMB Bank. Farmer Club members increase their yield and convert the standard cashew to a bigger kernel size variety over time using the knowledge aquired in the Farmer Training Program. Farmer Clubs earn a share of the profit according to their supply of raw cashew nuts.
A Harambee is a self-contained processing factory designed to operate in rough rural areas. It takes 20 – 30 Farmer Clubs to form the basis for one Harambee.
The Harambee – Swahili for ”Synergy” or ”working together” – delivers the initial process of cashews, which involves removal of the shell. It is fitted with well-proven machinery delivered and configured by Out-Growers.
Contractually tied with Out-Growers, The Harambee secures the sales of the semi- processed kernels and provides the complete operational management and service. The Farmer Clubs are offered a buy-in program to gradually take ownership of the Harambee over time.
The HUB is the operational centre in which the organization is anchored and where facilities are made available to the value chain. HUBs collect semi-finished kernels from Harambees and finishes the kernels for export.
During this processing the kernel is initially heated to 80°C to remove the testa. This heating disinfects the kernel and guarantees a safe HACCP compliant product. The finished kernels are vacuum packed in industry standard 11,43kg bags and exported to Out-Growers for international distribution.
Sales & Marketing Pivot
The international sales, marketing and communications platform are managed by Out-Growers. It is based in Denmark in a ‘
The Value Chain is kept audited and transparent for all value chain participants and each Harambee can follow a batch’ market route and price fetched for all batches. The Gain Share is influenced by factors as size, quality, organic, and eventually the story told to the market of the village, the origin of the cashew.
Out-Growers clustered Shared Value Chain rewards the good product and invites continuous improvements attached directly to the aims and targets of the Farmer Management Program.
To retain synergies and generate competitive advantages from a lean organizational approach, Out-Growers share Best Practises and facilities through out the value chain. Out-Growers also prepare to be a flexible and expandable organization, where part of the gained value is invested in creating new Harambees and HUBs for other regions in Africa.
Harambee & HUB
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The Harambee is a modular processing unit. This means that it is transported in assembled volume units, mounted on-site and ready for processing. It also has the ability to be easily removed and relocated. The strong configuration of the shipping containers allows for functional modifications (e.g. Doors, reinforcement, openings).
The units are two 40-foot shipping containers, modified to suite the needs of a small-scale processing factory. The Harambee is set to process 1250 kg of raw cashew nuts (RCN) per day and have an output of 350 kg of kernels.
Interior design – clean, welcoming environment
The most important goal of the interior design is creating a clean, welcoming environment for the workers. This can be achieved by combining several elements like good ambient temperature, adequate noise levels and good lighting. A key aspect of the desired interior is to have a clean working environment. This is the governing requirement when choosing the appropriate equipment and finishing materials.
In order to maximize the efficiency of the cleaning method, the finishing materials are smooth surfaces that will easily be cleaned after blasting. The surfaces can also be treated with oleo phobic material that will make it even easier to clean. The equipment is also adapted to the cleaning standards. The shelling machines are hanged from steel profiles and can be moved side-ways for more access.
The Harambee is designed to be a versatile and mobile processing unit. The independency is also reflected in the power supply systems. Solar power system is a technology that has been used for many years globally and in Africa. The Harambee will take advantage of the high solar radiation energy potential in Tanzania and will be equipped with solar power systems. This will make it possible for the unit to be placed anywhere, regardless of the surrounding conditions. The energy produced can also be redistributed to the network, providing a valuable source of energy for the local community.
The HUB represents phase II of the RCN production. The partially processed cashews arrive at the HUB and undergo a series of treatments to become the final product. As the name implies, the HUB will act as a collector, a central command station, where several Harambee’s production will be collected.
The scale of the processing unit is larger than one Harambee, but the working environment ethics remains the same, ensuring surroundings for the workers.
The HUBs are strategically located to provide efficient transportation of the partially processed nuts from the Harambees and the kernels further from the HUB.