Cocoa Life in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the world’s tenth-largest producer of cocoa and is a leading producer and exporter of organic cocoa. Cocoa Life has been active in the Dominican Republic since 2016, and has been building on established partnerships since 2011. Here there are 281 farmers from 1 community participating in Cocoa Life.

Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
281
Farmers currently participating in Cocoa Life
Cocoa Life active in country since
2016
1
Cocoa Life community
A Story On Livelihoods in the Dominican Republic
"We're working toward a sustainable legacy for future Cocoa-Growing communities."

By Pilar Ramirez, executive director of Fundación REDDOM

Fundación REDDOM, an NGO that focuses on rural economic development in the Dominican Republic, is one of Cocoa Life’s implementing partners. Here Pilar Ramirez, executive director of Fundación REDDOM, talks about our progress:

Cocoa Life's training efforts here are tailored to address the Dominican Republic’s challenging climate. For example, implementing climate-responsive farming techniques and pre-harvest husbandry practices, has helped to increase the yield of cocoa farms in these communities. More than 105 cocoa farmers (31 women and 74 men) have participated in training on farm productivity and maintenance practices, as well as climate-resilient crops protection.

Women and young adults receive instruction in business management, marketing and other income-generating activities such as establishing nurseries and small animal husbandry. All these efforts combined are working toward the goal of providing a sustainable legacy for future cocoa-growing communities.

2017 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PROGRESS DASHBOARD

This dashboard demonstrates the scale achieved by the end of 2017 and how Cocoa Life is making progress in the Dominican Republic. Cocoa Life monitors the below output indicators under five focus areas. These are interventions we put in place with our partners.

Farming
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Farmers trained on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)1
281
Cocoa seedlings distributed (through Cocoa Life)
9,204
Cocoa-farming demonstration plots operational2
175
Nurseries created3
1
Hectares of cocoa farms mapped4
324

  1. Farmers trained are farmers enrolled in the program. Once they follow the attendance criteria, they are selected as Cocoa Life farmers. GAPs are recommendations made to the farmers so they can increase the yield on their farms. 
  2. Demonstration plots show what “good” looks like so farmers know what to expect when adopting the GAP. 
  3. This includes both professional and community nurseries. 
  4. One hectare is 10,000 square meters. To compare, a football field is about 7,500 square meters. 
Community
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Community Development Committees (CODECs) operational in communities1
3
Community Action Plans (CAPs) activated2
1
Communities with CAP projects completed3
0
Community members trained on gender awareness
0

  1. CODEC members are elected by their communities to represent them in defining the CAP priorities. CODECs may cover several communities. 
  2. Cocoa Life facilitates the development of the CAP through the CODEC. The CAP defines the 10 priorities the community agrees to work on and is owned by the community. Communities may have several CAPs. 
  3. These communities have successfully raised resources and advocated to start implementing any of the 10 priorities listed in the CAP. 
Livelihoods
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Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) operational1
0
Community members who participate in VSLAs
239
VSLAs linked to finance institutions
0
Community members trained on financial literacy
0
Community members trained on business management
20
Community members involved in additional Income Generating Activities (IGA)
124

  1. A VSLA (or a similar model) is a group of people who save together and take small loans from those savings. 
Youth
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Community members and farmers educated on issues of child labor and forced child labor
72
Communities with Child Protection Committees (CPCs)1
0
Communities with a Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS)2
0
Youth trained on cocoa-related enterprises3
0

  1. The primary purpose of the CPC is to promote and protect the total well-being of all children in the community. Its responsibilities include liaising with the School Management Committee and the Parents-Teachers Associations to ensure all school-going children are enrolled and retained in schools. 
  2. Cocoa Life's CLMRS is community-based and child-centric. Its scope goes beyond the cocoa supply chain to include the community as a whole, and addresses the issue from prevention to remediation. 
  3. Youth is the age range from 15-24 in Indonesia. 
Environment
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Community members trained on Good Environmental Practices (GEPs)1
0
Economic shade trees distributed (through Cocoa Life)
0

  1. GEPs are recommended practices which will include, for instance, how to conserve the soil or practices for reasonable and safe use of agrochemicals. 
About the Dashboard
Cocoa Life routinely collects monitoring data from our partners as part of the ongoing review of program performance at the local level, so we can apply learnings to improve program outcomes in the future.

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