WCF African Cocoa Initiative
WCF/ACI is a public-private partnership that will double productivity for 100,000 cocoa farm households through the strengthening of local & national institutions, and in doing so, raise farmer incomes by 150-200%.
2011 - 2016
The WCF African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI) is a public-private partnership, bringing together WCF, cocoa industry members, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and U.S. Agency for International Development through its Global Development Alliance, in concert with key government institutions in the four countries of Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. WCF/ACI is a $13.5 million, 5-year program with the goal of institutionalizing effective public and private sector models to support sustainable productivity growth and improved food security on diversified cocoa farms in West and Central Africa.
Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria
- Strengthening national public-private partnership (PPP) platforms for investing in agriculture and cocoa: convening public and private sector partners to implement a comprehensive roadmap toward sustainable cocoa. National platforms will use resources and expertise to drive a cohesive cocoa sector support system.
- Improving cocoa productivity through better planting material: performing an inventory of national planting material stock and mobilizing available certified, improved varieties to cocoa farmers. Supporting national research agencies in long-term research for more resilient and effective planting material.
- Enhancing public and private sector extension and farmer training services: promoting best cocoa farming and management practices in national curricula and increasing the capacity of in-country public and private sector agriculture training services.
- Foster market-driven farming input supply services: conducting an inventory of in-country certified agro-dealers and supporting expansion of more accessible and efficient channels to distribute much needed inputs like fertilizer.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the national governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria, and Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).
WCF member companies: ADM Cocoa, Barry Callebaut, Blommer Chocolate Company, Cargill, Continaf BV, Ferrero, Guittard Chocolate Company, The Hershey Company, Lindt & Sprüngli, Mars, Incorporated, Mondelez International, Nestlé, Noble Resources, and Olam International Ltd.
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries (COPAL)