As global demand for sustainable and traceable cocoa increase, cocoa production in west and central Africa, which accounts for about 80% of global supply of cocoa beans. However in recent years cocoa production is declining annually because of the low income farmers earn for their, which has resulted to increasing lack of interest by ageing farmers. Farmers are cutting down their cocoa trees and replace them with other crops. Since cocoa is an annual crop, farmers choose to grow crops which can be harvested in multiple times a year, so they can earn a decent and sustainable income.
We believe that, the cocoa sector can be an example to other farming sectors, as it can be successfully use to create jobs for the unemployed youths in Africa, particularly in the west and centre of the continent.
Youths must be encourage and supported cocoa entrepreneur, they can start new farm, and or take over the farm from their parents ageing generation, bring prosperity in their lives and advance their communities. FCA, want to create opportunities for the youths in cocoa growing communities through this project, so they become next generation cocoa entrepreneurs.
This will also make it possible for them to replace their ageing parents who can continues as farmers due to their age. The activity will take place in: Ghana, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. Such initiative will help create jobs, and income generation for thousands of youths, as cocoa entrepreneurs, it will contribute to bring development in cocoa communities, and sustain the industry.
- Assist the youth and women of cocoa producing countries to secure access to arable lands, suitable for producing high quality, sustainable cocoa.
- Train and develop skilled and qualified labour that would provide the requisite services to ensure proper implementation and maintenance of Good Agricultural Practices for improved productivity and sustainability.
- Work with partner to establish direct access to market to promote fair and decent cocoa price
- Employment opportunities for women and youth in cocoa communities
- Reduced rates of rural migration
- Improved economic activity in cocoa communities
- Poverty alleviation
- Secure production for the foreseeable future
- promoting meaningful trading relationships that distribute power, risks, and rewards more equitably.
- promoting a competitive cocoa farming business through implementing fair cocoa trade practices in the sell and buying of cocoa beans among stakeholders.
- improving commercial integration between cocoa producers, buyers’ banks including the sharing of risk from farm, logistics and consumers levels.
- improving production habits of harvesting systems, seed selection, cultivation processes, sourcing and application of modern inputs.
- promoting better harvesting and post harvesting handling using modern technologies, grading and sorting, etc.
- defining and characterizing new marketable opportunities for cocoa farmers (smallholder) by interlinking farm level producers with processors, traders and small chocolate retailers.
- trading should be used as a tool to help alleviate poverty, create opportunities, and reduce inequality for cocoa farmers and develop their communities.
- Trading must promote impartial compensation, safe and healthy conditions, direct and long-term engagement free from discrimination and child and forced labour.
- providing end consumers with access to the facts on the ground about farmers situation, as it will help to bring positive impact on the lives of farmers and farm workers and which will develop better understanding between farmers and end consumers