A robust, fair, traceable and a sustainable cocoa sector depends on the strength and viability of the (smallholder) cocoa farmers. Worldwide, millions of farmers and specifically the unorganized smallholder continue to struggle to survive, as they are not able to end a fair living income for their business.

Millions of cocoa farmers, in particular the (unorganized smallholders) are trapped in a systematic chronic poverty and are not able to take care for themselves, their family and to sustainably manage their cocoa farms.

Also taking into consideration the investment many of these farmers must make annually to grow their crop which include financially and physically. Farmers are also push by divers’ actors to comply with numerous sustainability requirements to meet consumers demands.

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We at the Farmgate Cocoa Alliance, recognize that the cocoa sector can only be sustainable when farmers particularly the smallholders can manage their farms as independent entrepreneurs.

As a response, we have decided to introduce this project to help the unorganized smallholders to become independent cocoa entrepreneurs.

This project will significantly contribute to change the current situation in the sector and move the sector towards a brighter future for farmers and consumers.

We work with our partners to group, train and link the unorganized smallholder’s cocoa farmers so they can manage their cocoa farms as any other entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship is key to component in improving farmers livelihoods and to bring development in cocoa communities.

Is the most effective way to enable farmers to earn a living income, and will improve their social, economic situation and safeguard the realization of a sustainable cocoa future.

We work with our partners to group, train and link the unorganized smallholder’s cocoa farmers so they can manage their cocoa farms as any other entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship is key to component in improving farmers livelihoods and to bring development in cocoa communities.

Is the most effective way to enable farmers to earn a living income, and will improve their social, economic situation and safeguard the realization of a sustainable cocoa future.

Needed actions and skill will include better understanding on:

  • Nursery techniques for seedlings
  • Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
  • Pest, disease and weed management
  • Soil management
  • Fertilizer management
  • Harvesting and pod breaking
  • Post-harvest handling
  • Climate change and environmental conservation
  • Business management
  • Financial management

Recognition of cocoa farming as a business, will create opportunities for (smallholder) cocoa farmers, and they can earn a fair living income. It will also encourage the youths to become next generation cocoa entrepreneurs.

It will help to significantly reduce youths migrating to urban areas and traveling abroad in search of work.

This will reduce urban migration rate and create hundreds of thousands of jobs to the unemployed educated youths. And also acquire:

  • Advance training on trees nursery and seedling preparation
  • Exclusive training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
  • Training and capacity building to farm with zero deforestation
  • Sensitization and training on child and forced labour free farming
  • Better knowledge to manage pests’ challenges in farm
  • Better knowledge on soil management
  • Advance skill on fertilizer application and management
  • Training on harvesting, pod breaking and post-harvest handling
  • Exclusive training on climate change mitigation
  • Access to training on business management and financial management
  • Opportunity to join, establish cooperative or farmers group
  • Increase farmers living income
  • Encourage youths to become next-generation cocoa entrepreneurs
  • Significantly reduce youths migration to urban areas or traveling abroad
  • Create thousands of jobs for the unemployed educated youths.
  • Improve livelihood in farming communities
  • Bring development in cocoa communities
  • Stabilize and increase cocoa production to meet demands

The dissociation of modern cocoa farming from traditional household activities among women, and to re-establish it as to be a major step to promote women independent through cocoa farming entrepreneurship.

The objectives are as follows:

Direct Market
Direct linkage between farmers and buyers is key you overcome poverty, we work with our partner to promote and encourage direct sourcing of cocoa beans. This will secure fair price, and boost traceability

Building Pension and Insurance
We push for policy reform, this will ensure that farmers and farm workers to have access to pension  scheme after retirement. We work with governments, industry and banks to secure this.

Sustainable Living Income
Smallholder cocoa farmers must be able to live happily form what they produce. We help link farmers directly to buyers which will increase their income

Creating Employment 
Support and train unemployed youths in cocoa community to become Service Providers, to support and deliver farm services to the aging farmers. And also be used to monitor farm activities and help bridge the gap between unorganised remote smallholder farmers with buyers.

Special concern for women empowerment including:

  1. Assist women in cocoa producing countries to secure access to arable lands, suitable to produce best quality sustainable cocoa
  2. Support training and capacity building for women cocoa farmers sustainable
  3. Provide women with an additional livelihood for long term self-reliance and  benefits
  4. Assist women to have access to the market for their cocoa crop
  5. Promote only women cooperatives or farmers group