A brighter future for cocoa farmers

A brighter future for cocoa farmers

How Côte d’Ivoire’s Vision for Change programme is raising productivity and improving rural livelihoods. ICRAF Trees for Change no. 13

This booklet tells the story of the Vision for Change (V4C) project. Supported by Mars Inc. and managed by the World Agroforestry Centre, the project seeks to improve the fortunes of Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa sector. If the country is to retain its status as the world’s leading producer, radical measures are required to increase yields and improve the welfare of the 800,000 farmers who grow the crop. Many orchards are over 30 years old and their yields are a fraction of what they once were. Exhausted soils, poor agricultural practices and a lack of inputs have contributed to poor performance. As a result, many cocoa-growing communities suffer from high levels of poverty. The V4C project is tackling the problem in two ways: by rehabilitating cocoa orchards and by encouraging and supporting community development.