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    A Nutty Idea Could Squeeze Cash From Africa’s Trash

    It’s a sweet deal. Africa produces 57 percent of the world’s cashews, plucked from the bottoms of tangy, fleshy “cashew apples.” Some 100,000 tons of the fruit are discarded annually, but a new project is helping stem that tide in Benin. With U.S. Agriculture Department assistance, BeninCajù is converting this potential garbage into $170 million worth of juice. But first producers must overcome a local superstition that the juice is poisonous, and the practical issue that it ferments quickly, so processors have to put the squeeze on.

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