WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2013 – The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announce $1.2 million in new funding to provide assistance to 70,000 cocoa farming households in at least 10 Nigerian states by 2015. The program will focus on business skills trainings and support for diversification of rural economies in order to increase cocoa farm household incomes. The program is expected to generate benefits for more than 480,000 Nigerians and help double household incomes within the next five to six years. Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, made the announcement today at WCF’s 23rd Annual Partnership Meeting in Washington, D.C.