When Women Rise, Cocoa Thrives

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When Women Rise, Cocoa Thrives

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.

Women are change-makers – encouraging children to stay in school, creating new sources of income for their families, and encouraging environmentally friendly practices. Since 2012, Cocoa Life has been providing women with training, access to farm inputs and finance to improve their livelihoods and help their communities as a whole. To learn more about how we have been moving cocoa forward together over the past ten years, you can find the full series here.

"We have succeeded in creating a mass of women who understand cocoa production, who participate in cocoa production and who are able to make decisions on how they interface with cocoa. Cocoa Life has really amplified the women’s voices in terms of decision making, in terms of participation in the farmer unions, and in terms of the incomes that they earn."

Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin, Director, West Africa Regional Office, ABANTU for Development