"Cocoa farmers' agricultural practices and well-being in Côte d'Ivoire" is a comprehensive study published by Barry Callebaut together with the French Development Agency in February 2017. The report includes insights on the challenges faced by cocoa farmer households in Ivory Coast. These challenges span areas across productivity and community development. The results are based on information gathered via surveys across 326 cocoa farming communities with whom Barry Callebaut implemented sustainability programs between 2013 and 2015. The results have enabled us to better tailor and improve the training and services we offer men and women to increase farm productivity and household incomes, ensure children are in school, and help lift cocoa farming communities out of poverty.
As can be seen in the Cocoa Snapshot infographic, the challenges we face are not small: Farmers are living in poverty, a direct result of low cocoa yields on small, aging farms. Additionally, community infrastructure is lacking and only a small percentage of women are cocoa farmers and earn an income.
This is why we have created a movement for the entire industry to join us in scaling impact and creating a sustainable chocolate future, to address the massive challenges affecting farmers and their communities, and ensure that chocolate will be around, forever.