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.
9 members’ of The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance have applied shared social and environmental principles across their loan portfolios. This encompasses roughly $600 million to businesses providing services to 2 million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Reducing global poverty and improving food security is largely dependent on smallholder farmers becoming more productive. They must do so, however, in the face of new challenges caused by climate change, including devastating crop loss and increased droughts.
Barry Callebaut and Prova are launching a joint project empowering vanilla farmers in Madagascar, with IDH supporting the project with expertise and co-funding.
|Service Delivery Models: Insights for continuous improvement and farm impact||Learning Study||2016|
|SDM Case Study: ECOM, Ghana||Case Study||2016|
|SDM Case Study: Barry Callebaut, Côte d’Ivoire||Case Study||2016|
|SDM Case Study: Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, Côte d’Ivoire||Case Study||2016|
|From Smallholder to Small Business||Learning Study||2015|
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