Cocoa Project






Projects submitted by the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) with CFC funding

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Cocoa germplasm utilization and conservation: a global approach

9 985 940 US Dollars

From April 1998 to March 2004

The project was carried out in Côte d’Ivoire and nine other countries as a research and development project.

Outcome:  successful development and distribution of pest and disease resistant varieties of cocoa.


Improvement of cocoa marketing and trade in liberalizing cocoa producing countries

6 509 171 US Dollars

From October 1999 to September 2005

Marketing and Trade project which aimed the improvement of the supply chain in producing countries having undergone the liberalisation of their cocoa sectors. The project highlighted the need to maintain efficient market information systems, warehousing up-country, quality assurance entities and a reliable system of structured trade financing.


Supply chain management for total quality cocoa: pilot phase


(Amount withheld at donor's request)


From November 2001 to April 2009

The project involved the production and marketing of cocoa which met the strict quality criteria of CAOBISCO (Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of the European Union). The project required the adoption of best post-harvest practices and a traceability system, in exchange for the payment of a project participation incentive (PPI).


Cocoa productivity and quality improvement: a participatory approach

US$ 10,504,553

Brazil, Cameroon, Costa rica,  Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Ecuador, Malaysia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela

From March 2004 to

December 2010

This project aimed to improve the livelihood of smallholder cocoa farmers by providing them with high yielding varieties.

The project was successfully implemented through international collaboration, exchange of information and dissemination of results. 



Pilot Project on Price risk management for cocoa farmers


US$ 384,762



From February 2006 to March 2008

The project explored a price risk management strategy for the Ivorian cocoa sector. It aimed to build the capacity of smallholder farmers, cooperatives, cocoa institutions and banks to help them mitigate price volatility on the international market, via hedging instruments.


Analysis of the value chain in cocoa producing countries


The project was discussed but not actually undertaken

The proponents of the project sought to gain insight into the costs of production and the net income obtained by farmers and various stakeholders in the cocoa value chain.


Preventing and managing the global spread of cocoa pests and pathogens: lessons from the witches broom disease of cocoa

US$ 201,930





From July 2007 to December 2007

This project was a follow-up of an earlier project (the Witches’ broom project) which resulted in an international workshop.  It examined the prevention and management of the spread of cocoa pests and diseases. The project also identified key action points to be included in a global project.


Capacity building programme on pesticides residues and other harmful substances in cocoa in Africa

US$ 46,000



From October 2009 to April 2010

This project began with an assessment of the existing ability of the countries involved to meet food safety requirements from importing countries. It examined areas of improvement and namely identified three major areas requiring urgent attention and described by ICCO as follow: quantification of the levels of risk from contaminants, provision of specific information on pesticide science and infrastructure to monitor and enforce SPS standards.


Fast track project on a feasibility study for organic cocoa production in West African countries

US$ 152,350






Approved 30 December 2008

The Common Fund for Commodities states that the main objective of the project is to “identify the best production areas and producer organisations, and support activities for organic cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Togo.”




Cocoa of Excellence: Promoting diverse high quality cocoa origins

US$ 337,125


All ICCO cocoa producing countries

From March 2009 to September 2011

The purpose of this project was to promote the diversity and complexity of cocoa flavours across producing regions with a view to enhancing quality and excellence. The project culminated in a cocoa contest between 19 producing countries and prizes being awarded at the occasion of the 2010 Salon du Chocolat in Paris.


SPS capacity building in Africa to mitigate the harmful effects of pesticide residues in cocoa and to maintain market access

US$ 6,264,109



From January 2011 to December 2013

The project was conceived to build the capacity of participating countries in sanitary and phytosanitary standards, namely through the implementation of good agricultural practices (GAP) and good warehousing practices (GWP). It also resulted in a dedicated SPS project website aimed at enhancing collaboration between the five countries.

Integrated Management of Cocoa Pests and Pathogen

US$ 3,121,073


Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo

From December 2012 to December 2016

This project advocates crop and pest management strategies as the main methodology to combat the threat and spread of indigenous pests and pathogens. It also addresses exogenous pests and diseases such as witches’ broom, frosty pod rot and cocoa pod borer in order to reduce crop and improve the productivity of cocoa farms.


Programs undertaken by World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)

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WCF Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (ECHOES)

Cost not available


Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana

From October 2007 - September 2015

The program aimed to strengthen cocoa-growing communities and improve farmers’ livelihood by providing basic and adult education. Hence, vocational agriculture training and functional literacy training was given to more than 10,000 participants (youth and adults) in 38 communities across various regions. Around 1,500 teachers were trained and provided with five new or upgraded teacher resource centres.


WCF Cocoa Livelihoods programs

Cost not available


Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria

From 2009 to 2019

The program was established to increase farm-level cocoa productivity to 1000kg/hectares with a view to maintaining this trend on a long-term basis. Through a strong partnership with the private sector, the project provides farmers with a “full package” made up of training, planting material and access to financial services for better investment decisions. The project also stresses the production of food crops alongside cocoa and promotes gender empowerment.


WCF African Cocoa Initiative

US$13.5 million


Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria


From 2011 - 2016

The African Cocoa Initiative is a public-private partnership. The WCF website lists the program goals as follow:

·       to strengthen national public-private partnership platforms for investing in agriculture and cocoa

·       improve cocoa productivity through better planting material

·       enhance public and private sector extension and farmer training services

·       foster market-driven farming input supply services.