IKURU means strength in the Makua language. In the 1960’s Mozambique’s cashew industry
was responsible for 40% of world production but this trade later collapsed, principally
as a result of war. Today one third of Liberation’s cashews come from 3,000 farmers
in the IKURU co-operative in Nampula, northern Mozambique.
Prices paid by Fairtrade are, on average, 25% higher than local market prices. Containers
sold as Organic receive an even higher value.
IKURU maintains ownership of its nuts, subcontracting processing work to local processors
before they are exported to Liberation, rather than selling them to processors. This
means the co-operative has access to information on quality and export markets which
it can feed back to the farmers, helping them to work out how to improve their crops.
IKURU is also involved in the regeneration of peanut production in Mozambique as
Liberation has for the first time established a peanut supply chain, co-owned by
the producers. IKURU has so far received more than $50,000 in Fairtrade premiums.
Processing facilities such as shelling machines, supplied by the Sainsbury’s Fair
Development Fund, will make a huge difference to the farmers lives.
“Fairtrade is a very good thing in our region. All business is in the control of
big traders and ours is the only company owned by farmers in Mozambique. Now we can
influence the price we get – without this we would just have to sell to the big traders.
Now through being part of Liberation we are joined with international partners in
Malawi, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Brazil, Peru, El Salvador and India which is very good
for us all. This is very, very exciting for us and a gives us a sense of pride and
hope for the future.”
Moises Raposo, IKURU, Mozambique
“OurFairtrade premiums enable us to develop social programmes. Water boreholes have
been dug, schools built and work tools, seeds and fertilisers bought.”