Cocoa Life In Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire is the world's largest producer of cocoa (the second largest is Ghana and the third largest is Indonesia). Cocoa Life has been active in Côte d'Ivoire since 2013. Here, 20,600 farmers participate in Cocoa Life, across 229 communities.

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Côte d'Ivoire
côte d'ivoire
20,600
Farmers currently participating in Cocoa Life
Cocoa Life active in country since
2013
229
Cocoa Life communities
7
Cocoa Life origin team members
CONSEIL DU CAFÉ-CACAO
Cocoa Life's government partner
Côte d'Ivoire

"Farmers need updated skills and access to inputs, including fertilizers and pesticides to be able to produce more and better. We believe that through the Cocoa Life program we will improve community empowerment. We need to change farmer’s conception that they cannot develop themselves without external support."

Mbalo Ndiaye, Cocoa Life’s Country Lead for Côte d’Ivoire

M. Ndiaye

2016 CôTE D’IVOIRE PROGRESS DASHBOARD

This dashboard demonstrates the scale achieved by the end of 2016 and how Cocoa Life is making progress in Côte d’Ivoire. 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
27,620
Cocoa seedlings distributed (through Cocoa Life)
914,135
Cocoa farming demonstration plots established2
191
Nurseries created3
119
Hectares of cocoa farms mapped4
55,032

  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
42
Community Action Plans (CAPs) activated2
306
Communities with CAP projects completed3
17
Community members trained on gender awareness
1,097

  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 Association (VSLAs) established1
688
Community members who participate in VSLAs
12,127
VSLAs linked to finance institutions2
0
Community members trained on financial literacy
7.916
Community members trained on business management
419
Community members involved in activities generating additional income
0

  1. A VSLA (or a similar model) is a group of people who save together and take small loans from those savings. 
  2. Once a VSLA is strong enough, we link them with financial institutions so they can access professional banking services. 
Youth
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Community members and farmers educated on issues of child labor and forced child labor
3,707
Communities with Child Protection Committees (CPCs)1
42
Communities with a Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS)2
0
Youth trained on cocoa-related enterprises3
212

  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 18-35 in Côte d´Ivoire. 
Environment
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Community members trained on Good Environmental Practices (GEPs)1
783
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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