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IFAD (2014) Small-Scale Producers in the Development of Cocoa Value-Chain Partnerships

  • During the period 2002-2012, in an effort to increase the number of partnerships involving the private sector to benefit smallholder farmers, IFAD financed 16 projects with components on cocoa value-chain development in 12 countries: the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Indonesia, Liberia, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands and Viet Nam.
  • With IFAD support, small-scale producers were able to overcome the constraints related to a lack of access to inputs, equipment and rural finance. In addition, training strengthened the skills of smallholder farmers to allow them to better engage with other chain stakeholders and be more market- compliant, as well as to improve their farming practices, such as the pruning of cocoa trees and the controlling of shade, and their post- harvest activities, such as the storing of crops and accessing of markets.
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