Although cocoa is a non-native crop to India, it has become an important crop in the multi-crop farming model alongside the planting of banana or coconut on the same land. We want to ensure cocoa continues to be a viable crop for farmers that generates income and therefore continuously invest in research and productivity interventions. We’re working with local agricultural universities to implement programs that focus on inter-cropping models, Good Environmental Practices and Good Agricultural Practices; all of which protect against deforestation and maximize benefits from the available land.

Cocoa Life India implements community engagement approaches, focused on empowering and training women in cocoa farming, finance and health as well as supporting tribal farmers in remote locations to create their own cocoa businesses and improve their livelihoods. Cocoa Life’s investment also focuses on improving infrastructure in rural schools, including the construction or renovation of bathrooms and access to drinking water.