There are many challenges faced by cocoa-growing communities in Africa. These can prevent families from having decent livelihoods with access to education and healthcare, and may drive the next generation away from cocoa farming.
The challenges include limited knowledge of good agricultural practices, aging farms and depleted soil; limited access to education, medical facilities, and safe drinking water; and lack of financing options, infrastructure, and transportation.
The Cocoa Horizons Foundation helps to create thriving communities. Two ways in which we do this are by training farmers, enabling them to grow cocoa sustainably and responsibly, increase yields and improve farmer family livelihood; and by paying a farmer premium, directly increasing income so that farmers can invest in their farms and communities. Currently, we have programs in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tanzania.
To address the challenges and achieve real progress, the Foundation’s solutions-based approach aligns with the industry’s CocoaAction strategy and focuses on two key pillars: productivity and community.