One of our goals is to make it possible for cocoa farmers (smallholders) to acquire skills and knowledge needed to independently manage their cocoa farming business, can defend their right, and contribute to the development of their community. It is only through, this way the farmers can overcome the many challenges confronting them and help drive the sector towards a brighter sustainable future.
Stakeholders must encourage implementation of realistic sector approaches, and work together to bridge the gap between them and the farmers. This will pave the way for farmers to learn and share their valuable inside.
To attain this, FCA have recruit and train talented youths as Community Field Agents (CFAs). Their role is to raise awareness, and to build farmers capacity. CFAs who are local’s inhabitant in the cocoa communities they are responsible to, sensitize, and build farmers advocacy capacity, including organising workshops to educate farmers how to manage their farm as a cocoa entrepreneur.
This will help to professionalised cocoa farming, and empower farmers particularly the smallholders representing their interests at national level by themselves. Below are some of the activities that are implemented by the CFAs:
- Provide training and sensitive farmers to sustainably manage farm land, while increase yields and profit
- Raise awareness against deforestation in cocoa farming
- Encourage farmers to have additional livelihoods, next to their cocoa farming business
- Negotiate with government and local leaders, legal farm ownership
- Sensitize farmers on how to manage climate change impact and reduce environmental pollution in their farming business
- Train and sensitives farmers to be self-reliance as cocoa farmers
- Encourage women to own cocoa farm, and help them have access to farm plot