SECURING A PROSPEROUS THRIVING COCOA COMMUNITIES
General goals of this project is to identify, group, train and build the capacity of one million 1 000, 000 unorganized smallholders cocoa farmers. This will be done in cocoa growing communities in Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon. The number per countries is as followers: Ivory Coast 450.000, Ghana 350.000 and Cameroon 200.000. Smallholders will be organized into farmer business groups.
Project will also bes use to identify and train young educated men and women who are inhabitants in cocoa growing communities to become FCA’s Community Field Agents (CFA’s). Their role is to identify, and form groups of unorganized smallholders’ farmers in their communities, and to train and build their capacity, so they acquire the skills and knowledge needed to manage their cocoa farms as a business.
The goal is to empower, and improve the living standards of millions of cocoa farmers, with focus on smallholders, who together accounts for 98% of global cocoa beans production. Activities will include, grouping, training, and capacity building of 1 million unorganized smallholder cocoa farmers, in cocoa growing communities in Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon by 2030.
CFA’s will play and will continue to play a significant role in strengthening farmers capacity to secure cocoa sustainability through constant supervision of cocoa farms and farmers to make sure they meets standards. CFA’s are the eyes and ears for farmers, partners and the cocoa sector at large now, and the future.
Grouping will identify three categories of unorganized smallholder cocoa farmers paving the way for professionalization of small-scale cocoa farming. We will distinguish from three categories of small-scale farmer, those who have the potential to become entrepreneur and not to be.
Category -1- farmers are farmers whose farm produce not lesser than 2 tons and with the potential to increase yields on the same farm if provided with the necessary training and support. Such farmer is considered a cocoa entrepreneur, and is eligible to fully benefit from the grouping purpose.
Category-2- farmers are farmer whose farm can produce not lesser than a ton, and with the potential to increase yields using the same piece of land if being train and supported. Such farmers will be considered as a cocoa entrepreneur. This farmer will benefits from this project, as the farmer will be necessary support to become sustainable producer.
Category-3-farmers are farmers whom farms can only produce few kilo’s and there is no potential to increase yields at the same piece of land, even if being supported. Such farmers will not be considered as cocoa entrepreneurs, and will be advise to switch to alternative farming profession like cassava, yam and plantain and or to sell their farm to a lager producer.