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 convener 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.

Relevant SDGs

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Responsible consumption and protection

Facts and Figures

  • Private-sector (sustainability) investments in the program (in million euro)

    Target 2020 22.2
    Target 2017 2.3
    Result 2017 2.475447
  • Volume of sustainably produced cocoa (in metric tons)

    Target 2020 30.000
    Target 2017 10.000
    Result 2017 48.911
  • Smallholders, workers and community members trained

    Target 2020 150.000
    Target 2017 50.000
    Result 2017 48.545



  • Cocoa Origins

    Supports small volume users of cocoa to get involved in sustainability projects at the origins of their cocoa supply chain

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    Cocoa Origins
  • CocoaSoils

    Improving cocoa farmers’ resilience through integrated soil fertility management

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  • The Farm and Cooperative Investment Program

    Support bankability of cocoa cooperatives and farmers, enabling them to become more professional and to invest in their farms

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    The Farm and Cooperative Investment Program
  • Cocoa & Forests Initiative

    A common vision and joint framework of action in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana eliminating deforestation from the cocoa supply chain

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    Cocoa & Forests Initiative
  • Cocoa Fertilizer Initiative

    Returning soil fertility to key cocoa growing regions in Côte d’Ivoire to limit farm expansion and deforestation

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    Cocoa Fertilizer Initiative
  • Smallholder Finance Facility

    Empowering smallholder farmers through value chain integration

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    Smallholder Finance Facility


Title Type Year
Beyond Chocolate Partnerschap Commitment 2018
SDM Case Study: Barry Callebaut & Prova, Madagascar Case Study 2018
Making cocoa farming more sustainable and profitable through access to credit for productivity inputs Factsheet 2018
Press Release- Colombia Cocoa and Forests Initiative Press Release 2018
Colombia letter of support, WCF Commitment 2018

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