WCF Programs in Africa
Approximately 70% of the world’s cocoa currently comes from West and Central Africa. The vast majority of this cocoa is grown on nearly two million small, independent family farms that are less than 2 hectares (5 acres) in size.
African cocoa farmers and their families face a number of challenges: low yields, pests and diseases that attack their cocoa trees, difficulty obtaining farming supplies, and limited access to credit. Like other rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, cocoa-growing communities often have low levels of adult literacy, face health risks such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, and have difficulty with access to quality education for their children. WCF is empowering communities by training farmers, enhancing education, investing in families, and improving community health and welfare.
WCF works to address these issues in West and Central Africa through three flagship programs: WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program, and the WCF African Cocoa Initiative. WCF supports active programming in the following countries: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.