Grow a Bean, Grow a Family

Progress Blog
Grow a Bean, Grow a Family

Cocoa Life is celebrating 10 years of lifting up cocoa communities and shaping the landscapes where cocoa grows. 10 years of working on-the-ground with partners, and the women & men who grow cocoa to help everyone benefit from the bean that becomes the chocolate we love. 10 years of innovating and taking what works to scale so we can move cocoa forward together. To celebrate this milestone, we have launched a series of stories featuring our partners that demonstrates our progress and impact to date.

Cocoa Life takes an integrated approach to help address the range of interconnected challenges in cocoa communities and households. This means empowering the men, women, and youth within cocoa communities to lead their own development and improve livelihoods. ‘To learn more about how we have been moving cocoa forward together over the past ten years, you can find the full series here.

"Thanks to Cocoa Life, my wife and I have a new vision for our family. We make decisions together. Being more financially secure has meant we are able to make an important investment in our son too. We can afford to send to him to school to get an education and is taught essential children’s rights lessons that will stay with him forever"

Yao Kouame Martial, cocoa farmer from Nawa Region, Côte d’Ivoire