Call for Expression of Interest

For implementing a 3-year project piloting Agroforestry with Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes with cocoa farming co-operatives in the Southwest of Côte d’Ivoire

Ecookim Coop-Ca (from here on: Ecookim) is a union of cooperatives that purchases, processes and exports cocoa beans in Côte d’Ivoire, is being considered for investment by the LDN Fund. Ecookim is experiencing continued growth and currently counts with 30 member cooperatives and approx. 30,000 producers covering an area of close to 97,000 hectares of cocoa, and 1,472 producers of cashew nuts across 9,390 hectares. To support farmers to restore degraded farmland and strengthen their resilience to climate change, Ecookim seeks to develop and pilot an agroforestry scheme with a selected number of its cooperatives and their members.

The Fund’s linked Technical Assistance facility, the LDN TAF, contracted consultants reNature/Progresso and Unique Forestry in 2020 to scope the feasibility of transitioning monoculture cocoa farms to agroforestry, assess the potential business case for the farmer, analyze the type of smallholder finance required, suggest a preliminary approach for a fit-for-purpose agroforestry system as well as external financial and technical support required. Both feasibility reports will be made available only to parties expressing an interest in this assignment and will be leveraged in the subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP).

Ecookim, Ecookim’s supply chain partner and IDH seek to partner with an implementing party with local presence in Côte D’Ivoire to execute on a 3-year project piloting agroforestry and incentive schemes for farmer adoption (incl Payment for Ecosystem Services) with cocoa farming co-operatives in the Southwest of Côte d’Ivoire.

We invite you to read the document below and to submit your Expression of Interest before 28 October 2021.

Investments in Land restoration and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices are needed to avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation. The Land Degradation Neutrality Technical Assistance Facility (LDN TAF), managed by the IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative, is able to provide technical assistance to projects in implementation stage so that LDN Fund clients have greater capacity to implement projects to a higher technical standard and/or with increased positive social and environmental impacts. More information on the LDN TAF can be found here

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