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 1,043 farmers from 16 communities participating in Cocoa Life.

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Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
1,043
Farmers currently participating in Cocoa Life
Cocoa Life active in country since
2016
16
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

2019 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PROGRESS DASHBOARD

This dashboard demonstrates the scale achieved by the end of 2019 and how Cocoa Life is making progress in its key cocoa origin countries. Cocoa Life monitors the below indicators under three areas of intervention, which we put in place with our partners.

Sustainable cocoa farming businesses
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Farmers trained, coached or having a farm development plan on Good Agricultural Practices
1,043
Cocoa seedlings distributed
133,380
Nurseries
4
Cocoa-farming demonstration plots
8
Youth trained on cocoa-related enterprises1
117

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
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Communities with a CODEC and Community Action Plan activated2
8
CAP projects completed in communities
1
Community members trained on gender awareness
56
Village Savings and Loan Associations operational
0
Community members who participate in VSLAs
423
VSLAs linked to finance institutions
1
Community members trained on financial literacy
430
Community members trained on business management
195
Community members involved in additional Income Generating Activities
1
Community members and farmers educated on issues of child labor and forced child labor
435
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
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Community members & farmers trained on Good Environmental Practices
879
Economic shade trees distributed
400
Farms mapped & monitored
1,041
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.