Cocoa Life In Ghana

Ghana is the world's second-largest cocoa-producing country (Côte d'Ivoire is the largest). Cocoa Life has been active in Ghana since 2008, when it began as the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership. Here there are 30,100 farmers participating in Cocoa Life, across 447 communities.

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Ghana
Map of Ghana
30,100
Farmers currently participating in Cocoa Life
Cocoa Life active in country since
2012
447
Cocoa Life communities
8
Cocoa Life origin team members
GHANA COCOA BOARD (COCOBOD)
Cocoa Life’s government partner
Ghana

"Cocoa Life is a vibrant intervention which is also organic, responding to actual needs of community partners as well as the interests of government and our business. Our commitment to ensuring that communities thrive and community members have voices that are listened to is very real as it enables the cocoa farmers drive the change. Cocoa is the backbone of the economy of Ghana; and cocoa farmers should be proud that they are driving the economy of Ghana. We are already seeing indications of change, which is fantastic."

Yaa Peprah Amekudzi, Cocoa Life’s Country Lead for Ghana

Y. P. Amekudzi

2016 GHANA PROGRESS DASHBOARD

This dashboard demonstrates the scale achieved by the end of 2016 and how Cocoa Life is making progress in Ghana. 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
30,329
Cocoa seedlings distributed (through Cocoa Life)
1,450,730
Cocoa farming demonstration plots established2
447
Nurseries created3
117
Hectares of cocoa farms mapped4
45,950

  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 the communities1
447
Community Action Plans (CAPs) activated2
447
Communities with CAP projects completed3
331
Community members trained on gender awareness
44,700

  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) established1
342
Community members who participate in VSLAs
7,182
VSLAs linked to finance institutions2
5
Community members trained on financial literacy
5,976
Community members trained on business management
5,976
Community members involved in activities generating additional income
6,429

  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
44,700
Communities with Child Protection Committees (CPCs)1
96
Communities with a Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLRMS)2
447
Youth trained on cocoa-related enterprises3
5,572

  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 Ghana. 
Environment
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Community members trained on Good Environmental Practices (GEPs)1
30,329
Economic shade trees distributed (through Cocoa Life)
787,165

  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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