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This report explores to what extent market concentration in the cocoa value chain is responsible for the widespread poverty of cocoa farmers. The report finds that market concentration among chocolate manufacturers and cocoa processors is not the key cause. Instead, there are two other key...

Dutch stakeholders join forces to improve sustainability in coffee and cocoa sector: In 2010, a range of public and private actors, civil society organisations, research organisations and stakeholders in the cocoa and coffee sectors signed letters of intent aimed at increasing the sustainability...

This document reports on the development of a prototype Digital Farmer Field School (DFFS) called Kusheh, na minem Fatu, en mi na koko farmer (“Hello, I am Fatu and I am a cocoa farmer”). The DFFS provides an ICT-based alternative to traditional agricultural extension. More specifically, it...

FairMatch Support, developer of sustainable supply chains contacted the Wageningen UR Science Shop to explore alternatives for the conventional certification trainings for cocoa farmers in Sierra Leone. Due to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, gatherings with more than 5 farmers at a time were...

New presentation by GAIN. Roadmap to Nutrition Secure Cocoa Supply Chains. Business Case for Nutrition Security.

This study analyses factors that influence fertilizer use among cocoa farmers in the Sefwi Wiawso District in the Western Region, Ghana. Primary data were obtained from 200 cocoa farmers in the district. Descriptive statistics and ordinary least square regression analysis were used to analyse...

An inventory of options for crop diversification in smallholder cocoa farms is presented and the conditions for their promotion is discussed. Intercrops include vegetables, cassava, yam, cocoyam, papayas, plantain, maize, bananas, groundnuts, water melons. Using fruit trees as shade trees is...

A study to determine the financial profitability of cocoa agroforests enriched with domesticated trees was carried out in 2009. The study site was the Cocoa Production Basin of Centre Cameroon. Rationale: One of the main tree-based systems in the West and Central Africa region is the cocoa...

Floristic surveys were performed in 17 traditional cocoa forest gardens under different management regimes in the humid forest area of southern Cameroon, to assess the impact of intensification on plant biodiversity. It was found that management as practiced in traditional cocoa forest gardens...

In Ghana, the diversity and density of non-cocoa trees in cocoa farms is primarily the result of farmers’ managing natural processes of regeneration in forest-fallow systems. Tree diversity is therefore more a result of haphazard, uncoordinated decisions over a long period rather than advanced...

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