Cocoa and Chocolate Companies Team Up with Leading Foundations to Train Farmers in West Africa
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 18, 2014) – More than 200,000 cocoa-farming families in West and Central Africa will be growing more cocoa and producing more food for their own tables within the next five years, thanks to a new program by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Walmart Foundation. The initiative, known as the Cocoa Livelihoods Program, will train cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon about good agricultural practices and farm management skills. It will also provide them with resources to increase productivity in cocoa and food crops. The four countries account for more than 70 percent of the world’s supply of cocoa.