Challenges in cocoa farming

Cocoa farmers and cocoa communities are faced with manifold challenges
Cocoa is typically produced by smallholder farmers in remote equatorial areas. Most of the world’s cocoa volume comes from West Africa namely Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, areas that face the industry’s most vital sustainability challenges when it comes to cocoa farming.

Challenges faced by cocoa farmers

  • Average age of farmers in West Africa: 51 years
  • Percentage of crops lost to diseases: 30–40 %
  • Average size of farm in West Africa: 2 – 4 ha
  • Percentage of soils somewhat or highly degraded: 30 %
  • Average yield of cocoa farms vs. biological potential: 13 %

Challenges in cocoa communities

  • Literacy rate in rural areas of Côte d’Ivoire less than  50 %
  • Child labor and unsound labor practices
  • Low access to education
  • Education opportunities for women are often limited
  • Poor access to health services
  • Limited access to potable water and sanitation

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