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.
At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), top cocoa-producing countries Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have announced far-reaching joint Frameworks for Action with leading chocolate and cocoa companies to end deforestation and restore forest areas.
IDH has signed an agreement with OCP Africa, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) to provide cocoa specific fertilizer formulations for cocoa-producing ecological zones of Nigeria. Through proper fertilizer application, farmers are expected to benefit from increasing yields and thereby increased income and reduction of expansion into forest areas.
Huynh Tien Dung, former Team Leader of Sustainable Landscapes Component, VFD for SNV in Vietnam has been appointed as IDH Vietnam Country Director. In this capacity he succeeds Flavio Corsin who is currently the Aquaculture Director and HR manager at IDH HQ in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Support bankability of cocoa cooperatives and farmers, enabling them to become more professional and to invest in their farms
A common vision and joint framework of action in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana eliminating deforestation from the cocoa supply chain
Returning soil fertility to key cocoa growing regions in Côte d’Ivoire to limit farm expansion and deforestation
Empowering smallholder farmers through value chain integration
|Driving Innovations in Smallholder Engagement||Report||2017|
|Cocoa and Forests Initiative, Framework of Action – Côte d’Ivoire||Commitment||2017|
|The Smallholder Innovation Platform in 4 pages||Factsheet||2017|
|Transforming Agriculture by Linking Technical Assistance to Blended Finance for Agriculture: Trends and Lessons from Africa||Study||2017|
|CNRA Soil Mapping Project: Final Report||Report||2017|
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