In cocoa, IDH focuses on prototyping innovative field-level projects that make cocoa farming a sustainable business for the farmer, and cocoa supply more secure for the industry. Our neutral positioning as a convenor and knowledge broker, allows us to take risks in testing and developing innovative projects to generate insights that benefit the entire cocoa supply chain.
We work on programs and initiatives that aim to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and elevate them from poverty to middle class, while simultaneously ensuring a secure and sustainable supply of fair and high quality cocoa for the global market. Learning and best practice from field level projects is fed back into the industry as a whole in order to improve and join-up existing supply chain initiatives.
Three areas of innovation are focused on through the program: Productivity – by building capacity at the farmer level through relevant and accessible training initiatives that improve efficiency and ‘bankability’; Community – gender empowerment and curbing malnutrition in cocoa communites; Environment – sustainable land use and zero net deforestation in the wider Taï Forest region.
By working to improve the productivity of cocoa farmers and address fundamental issues around gender discrimination, malnutrition and ecological degradation, a more secure and steady supply of high-quality and sustainable cocoa can be guaranteed for the global market.
Agri-finance company Agronomika Finance Corporation, agri-business company Kennemer Foods International Inc., FMO and IDH are partnering to provide a Philippine peso loan in the equivalent of USD 2 million for smallholder coconut farmers to invest in cocoa, a crop that could raise farm incomes by 400%.
Earmarked to enable farmers & co-ops to make investment decisions, grow their business and improve livelihoods
Starting in April, IDH will be sharing insights gained over the last five years in the Cocoa Quality and Productivity Program (CPQP). CPQP has been possible because of our partners’ commitments, with investments of €15 million in public funds, matched by €37 million in private sector funds invested into the main cocoa producing countries in Africa and Asia (Cote d’lvoire, Ghana, Indonesia, Cameroon and Nigeria). These countries together produce around 80% of the world’s cocoa.
Working towards development of a common vision and joint framework of action in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. with national governments, cocoa companies, civil society, donors and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)
Aiming to limit farm expansion and deforestation by returning soil fertility to key cocoa growing regions in Côte d’Ivoire.
Empowering smallholder farmers through value chain integration
|CNRA Soil Mapping Project: Final Report||Report||2017|
|CNRA Projet de Cartographie des Sols: Rapport Final||Report||2017|
|Initiative Engrais Cacao: Retour sur le passé, regard vers l’avenir||Report||2017|
|The Cocoa Fertilizer Initiative: Looking back, moving forward||Report||2017|
|From training to coaching: Mondelez – Ecom||Factsheet||2017|
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