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Cocoa Horizons

WHAT IS COCOA HORIZONS?

Cocoa Horizons is an impact driven program focused on cocoa farmer prosperity and helping build self-sustaining farming communities that protect nature and children. The Cocoa Horizons Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization supervised by the Swiss Federal Foundation Supervisory Authority.

 

COCOA HORIZONS’ PURPOSE

To improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development, which protect nature and children.

 

CHALLANGES BY COCOA FARMERS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES

Cocoa is typically produced by smallholder farmers in remote equatorial areas. Most of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, an area that faces the industry’s most vital sustainability challenges. Among them: limited knowledge and understanding of good agricultural practices; aging farms and depleted soil; the unpredictable effects of climate change; and a lack of financing options to invest in productivity activities.

Cocoa communities often lack basic infrastructure and services, including schools, literacy and vocational training, access to safe water, and basic healthcare services. Gender imbalance also affects the sustainability of cocoa farming communities, with women having limited opportunities to build skills and generate income.

 

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Through Cocoa Horizons, data on the farms is collected to understand the unique needs of each farmer in order to develop tailored business plans to improve livelihoods, as well as to measure the impact of the activities funded by the Cocoa Horizons Foundation. Impact data will be assessed annually to ensure that the Cocoa Horizons methodology prescribes the best approach to build self-sustaining farming communities that protect nature and children. If the anticipated impact is not realized, the Cocoa Horizons Foundation will continuously improve upon its approach, to achieve its commitments on productivity, community and environment.

Coopagli cooperative

Place: Glibeadji (San Pedro)

Founded: 26 November 1999

Chairman: Alphonse Kouman Taki Yao

Cocoa Horizons farmers: 518

Cocoa Horizons Partner since: 2005

School program: 6 classrooms built – providing education for 216 children (2017-2018)

Potable water: used by 1 000 personer

Cans Sinfra’s cooperative

Place: Sinfra (Sinfra)

Founded: 4 January 2011

Chairman: Romeo N’Goran Kouakou

Cocoa Horizons farmers: 347

Cocoa Horizons Partner since: 2012

School program: 3 classrooms built – providing education for 216 children (2017-2018)

Potable watter: used by 1 547 persons

Caadi’s cooperative

Place: Diangobo (Abengourou)

Founded: 29 November 1999

Division: Abengourou

Chairman: Koffi N’Gouandy

Cocoa Horizons farmers: 480

Cocoa Horizons Partner since: 2005

School program: Enlarged with 3 classrooms – now providing education for 1 010 children

Potable water: used by 1 025 persons