Each year, on International Women's Day, we celebrate women in our societies. As Social Development director at the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), it is my job every day to make sure the potential of women in cocoa growing communities is fulfilled. Now that the celebrations are winding down, I would like to share with you an example of the major impact empowered women can have on cocoa-growing communities, and my take on what we have learned through three years of a Village Savings and Loans Associations program, part of amplifying WCF-led CocoaAction. Read More
Women at the Heart of Community Empowerment
Empowered women are formidable catalysts for sustainable development. They are involved in almost all stages of cocoa production, providing an estimated 50% of the labor force. However, women are often marginalized from services and decision-making. Strategies such as microfinance, improved access to land ownership and membership in farmer groups or cooperatives can have a positive impact on women and their families.
Real Impact in Education
Cocoa and chocolate companies invest to achieve systemic change in education, with co-financing and expertise brought by partners such as the Jacobs Foundation. Access to quality education is also a means of combating the vicious circle of poverty, low productivity and child labor linked to illiteracy in the world’s two largest cocoa producing countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
WCF’s work in this area helps achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4, by promoting inclusive quality primary education in cocoa communities.
- Conference Summary: 2017 Global Conference on Women in Cocoa
- Women’s Empowerment Research Analysis