Why choose Fairtrade cashews?

Published on 16 May 2021

Do you know all the benefits of Fairtrade cashews over non-fairtrade ones? Here are the different benefits and impacts of buying fair trade cashews illustrated.

Image showing that cashews producers in Fairtrade receive a greater price than regular production.

The most common advantage is, or course, the remuneration to cashew producers, much higher in the case of a fair trade exchange.

Image showing the production chain on non fair trade cashews compared to a fair trade production chain.

Most of the cashew nuts produced in West Africa are sent to Asia to be processed and shelled. They are then rerouted to North America and Europe for consumption. An indirect supply chain is obviously more expensive in terms of fossil fuels.

In the case of Umano Fairtrade cashews, they are processed at the place of production. The nuts are therefore sold and sent directly by the producers to us.

Image showing the process to remove the shell from the nuts in a non safe way.

Shelling cashews can burn the skin on the hands of the people who process them, most often women. In the Fairtrade system, the health and safety of shellers are considered in addition to offering them fair remuneration for their work.

Image showing the financial impact of Fairtrade cashews VS regular cashews.

Fair trade cashews cost consumers 20% more on average. For example, if we take a consumption of 10 kg per year at $5 more per kg, we calculate $50 more for fair trade cashews. It represents a very small proportion of the median annual income of a Canadian. However, the sale of fair trade cashews increases the producers income by 40%. Therefore it’s a huge gain for them!

With such a low cost impact, which cashews will you choose?

For more details, refer to our previous blog posts:
Why are Fairtrade cashews more expensive?
Clean hands for fair cashews

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