Low level of participation of women as independent cocoa entrepreneur has been a major challenge on the fight for cocoa sustainability and women empowerment. Women are voluntarily being marginalised and excluded from participating in the development of their communities. As compared to male cocoa farmers, the illiteracy rates of female farmers are much higher, but unfortunate women are not involvement in cocoa farming business. Despite the numerous challenges and discrimination that women face, in cocoa farming sector they remain key contributors to the growth and development of cocoa farming entrepreneurship, as they undertake divers role in farms. We are committed to changing this customs and to ensure that women are provided opportunities they need to become successful independent cocoa entrepreneurs. Some Key Challenges for Women in Cocoa Are:
• Limited or no access to farm ownership
• No financial independence
• Cultural decimation on the role of women
• Legal and traditional limitations regarding farm rights
• Not participating in decision making platform and initiatives
• Multiple household task and commitments
To break-down this barriers, we work with partners to encourage and support women in cocoa growing regions in west and central Africa to become cocoa entrepreneur. This is part of our efforts to secure next generation cocoa entrepreneur and to overcome chronic poverty among youths in cocoa communities. We are focus to recruit more women into a professionalize cocoa farming business.
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:
- Facilitate women’s access to training and capacity building for sustainable and professional cocoa farming
- Assist women in cocoa producing countries to secure access to arable lands, suitable to produce best quality sustainable cocoa.
- Provide women with additional livelihood in cocoa farming professional for long term self-reliance benefit.
- Support women to have direct access to market for their cocoa crop and to engage in cooperatives or FBOs
- Land preparation for new farm
- Sensitize and encourage them to advocate for their rights
- Nursery techniques for seedlings
- Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
- Pest, disease and weed management
- Soil management
- Fertilizer and agrochemical management
- Harvesting and pod breaking
- Post-harvest handling
- Climate change mitigation and environmental conservation
- Business management
- Financial management
- Cooperative management (where applicable)
- Significantly improve situation of women in cocoa communities
- Increased production of sustainable cocoa beans
- Increase in women-owned cocoa farming business
- Creation of new opportunities for women empowerment in cocoa
- Strengthen women lobbying and advocacy capacity and women rights.
- Establish female only cooperatives and farmer business groups
- Create jobs for unemployed young women as cocoa entrepreneurs