World Cocoa Foundation and Feed the Future announced 12 Million USD in favor of the cocoa sector in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria
Nearly 500 representatives of the global chocolate and cocoa sector, including farmers, have gathered in Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s leading producer of cocoa, to address critical sustainability issues confronting the crop, which is the main source of income for millions of people across West Africa and in large parts of Latin America and Southeast Asia. The Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair, centered on the theme “People, Planet, Profit in a Changing World,” is jointly organized by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa regulatory agency, Le Conseil du Café-Cacao.
Underscoring the urgency of these issues, WCF and the United States Government’s Feed the Future are launching African Cocoa Initiative II. The five-year, $12 million effort will increase production of quality cocoa planting materials and provide financial services to cocoa farmers in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. The program is a joint effort to support the implementation of the World Cocoa Foundation’s CocoaAction strategy for cocoa sustainability and brings together the public and private sector.
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