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Enan currently produces
three times as much cocoa

While demand for chocolate grows, cocoa production faces considerable problems. There is a risk of insufficient supply. Thanks to sustainable techniques, more cocoa can be produced and quality can be improved.

  1. Knowledge

    Training farmers is one of Solidaridad's core activities. Armed with new knowledge and skills, farmers can increase their productivity and quality, reduce their costs and improve their incomes.

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  2. Supply and demand

    If chocolate manufacturers buy sustainable cocoa, this gives farmers more certainty about selling their product and getting a good price.

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  3. Cooperation

    Through good cooperation between companies, governments and Solidaridad, the problems in the cocoa sector can be tackled effectively.

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With the right knowledge
Emile, too,
has the prospect of a better future.

While demand for chocolate grows, cocoa production faces considerable problems. There is a risk of insufficient supply. Thanks to sustainable techniques, more cocoa can be produced and quality can be improved.

  1. Poverty

    Emile's family includes nine children. He earns just €800 a year. Now that his vegetable garden is suffering from a lack of moisture, all they have to eat is cassava and rice; that's real poverty

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  2. Scarcity

    When the soil is exhausted, cocoa trees die. A lack of fertile land and rain is threatening cocoa production. The future of many farmers – and that of chocolate – is at stake.

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We bring together people

Farmers, governments and companies in the cocoa and chocolate sectors can come up with solutions. Solidaridad brings them together to secure the future of cocoa farming.

  • Farmers

    Farmers with knowledge and skills – and access to credit and fertiliser – are three times as productive as their colleagues. This is not only good for farmers; it means that companies, too, can ensure a reliable supply of good cocoa.

    Farmers

  • Public-private cooperation

    For years, governments, companies and Solidaridad have been investing in improving cocoa production. Thanks to public-private cooperation, about 20% of the 2.5 million cocoa farmers in West Africa now receive support with training and access to support.

    Public-private cooperation

Enan Abblé
Cacaoboer Kragui, Ivoorkust
“I am a member of the cooperative and learned in training programmes. As a result, my yields are high, I have more income and I'm teaching other farmers now.”
Hans Perk
Global programme manager cocoa
“Together we can secure the future of cocoa farming. It takes time time work out solutions. Acting now is the only solution.”

Story of Enan Abblé

“The strength of the cooperative depends on demand for sustainable cocoa.” Enan Abblé, a farmer in Ivory Coast

Enan Abblé moved to Kragui in Ivory Coast in 1981 and planted 3.5 hectare of cocoa trees. Together with his wife Akissi, he has four children. The two oldest children studied in Abidjan and the youngest are doing well at school. Enan knows a lot about growing cocoa. He uses fertiliser and compost, prevents and tackles plant diseases, buys carefully selected seeds and seedlings and harvests 700 kg of cocoa per hectare. He is a member of the board of the cooperative and advises other farmers about sustainable cocoa production.

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The story of Mariama Seidhu

“I feel confident about my future and that of my children!” Mariama Seidhu, a cocoa farmer in Mantukwa, Ghana

Mariama participates in training courses organised by Solidaridad and puts the new knowledge she gains into practice. She maintains soil fertility, prunes her trees more (so that fungal infections are less likely) and she uses the right techniques to combat plant diseases. She has also planted new trees. Approximately 300 trees survived the drought and will produce their first cocoa pods in 2014.

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The story of Emile Ouedraogo

“Right now, I can't support my family. I want to become a better farmer and to join the cooperative.” Emile Ouedraogo, a farmer in Ivory Coast

Emile Ouedraogo lives from hand to mouth . He has never learned how to grow cocoa properly and relies on intuition. Previously Emile used fertiliser and got yields of about 700 kg per hectare. For the past three years, he's been unable to pay for fertiliser. His trees are old and the climate is getting drier. Now he doesn't get more than 750 kg from 3 hectares. Emile wants to join a cooperative and grow sustainable cocoa.

Help us to train and support farmers like Emile.