Cocoa is a fragile and sensitive crop, grown in a narrow geographical band near the Equator primarily by smallholder farmers and their families in some of the poorest, infrastructure-weak regions of the world. Cocoa farming is labor-intensive and lack of access to reliable information as well as new planting materials and other inputs make life in these areas difficult.
Increasing productivity and improving the quality of the cocoa produced on smallholder farms, particularly in West and Central Africa, is our main area of focus. We support farmer training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) including how to improve soil fertility and yields, post-harvest management, disease and pest management, and biodiversity. Higher yields of better quality cocoa offer opportunities for farmers to earn higher income. Improving access to education and basic health care for cocoa farmers and their families in communities where such services are insufficient or unavailable is also important.