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 935 farmers from 24 communities participating in Cocoa Life.

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Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
935
Farmers currently participating in Cocoa Life
Cocoa Life active in country since
2016
24
Cocoa Life communities
Dominican Republic

"I have seen a great improvement in the livelihoods of our Cocoa Life communities thanks to their teamwork and innovation. A great example is the foundation of Self Savings and Loans Groups where women make up 86% of membership. Thanks to our new partner, Fuparoca, our work now encompasses most of the cocoa-growing area of Dominican Republic. This is fantastic, and we hope to continue expanding our footprint and positive impact in the future."

David Preece, Cocoa Life’s Country lead for Dominican Republic

David Preece

2018 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PROGRESS DASHBOARD

This dashboard demonstrates the scale achieved by the end of 2018 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.

Cocoa farming as a prosperous business
Facilitating the adoption of agricultural practices and providing access to improved planting materials, crop protection and financial services to increase productivity and income from cocoa.
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Farmers trained, coached or having a farm development plan on Good Agricultural Practices
935
Cocoa seedlings distributed
42,480
Nurseries
2
Cocoa-farming demonstration plots
7
Youth trained on cocoa-related enterprises1
75

1. Youth is the age range from 18-35 in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, and 15-24 in Indonesia. 
Cocoa communities are empowered and inclusive
Empowering communities to lead their own development, improving sustinable livelihoods with access to financial services and promoting entrepreneurship while being inclusive of women and protecting children.
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Communities with a CODEC and Community Action Plan activated2
6
CAP projects completed in communities
1
Community members trained on gender awareness
0
Village Savings and Loan Associations operational
7
Community members who participate in VSLAs
423
VSLAs linked to finance institutions
0
Community members trained on financial literacy
430
Community members trained on business management
59
Community members involved in additional Income Generating Activities
36
Community members and farmers educated on issues of child labor and forced child labor
186
Communities with Child Protection Committees
0
Communities with a Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System or equivalent
0

2. A committee elected by the communtiy develops and presents the plans. 
Forests are conserved & restored
Making cocoa farming resilient by maintaining ecosystemss, protecting the land and the forests through mapping and adoption of good practices by communities and farmers.
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Community members & farmers trained on Good Environmental Practices
492
Economic shade trees distributed
0
Farms mapped & monitored
32
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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