Public-Private Partnership Helps Transform Cocoa Sector
The world’s cocoa sector currently represents an intersection of challenges and opportunities which require broad and thoughtful solutions. Farmers face changing weather patterns, difficulties in accessing credit and extension services and pests and diseases along with declining soil fertility and limited suitable land.
However, worldwide cocoa consumption continues to grow rapidly, at least 2-3 percent or 60,000-90,000 MT per year. Projections show global production falling behind the increasing demand indicating that there is clearly a need for expanded and consistent production levels of quality cocoa.
See how the SUCCESS Alliance has helped Ecuador rebuild its cocoa industry.
Recognizing the importance of the cocoa crop to smallholder farmers and the cocoa industry’s need for diversified cocoa sources, the Sustainable CoCoa Enterprise Solutions for Smallholders (SUCCESS) Alliance was founded in 2000 to addresses constraints to sustainable cocoa production and marketing and increase the competitiveness of the cocoa sector. The mission of the SUCCESS Alliance is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers by promoting cocoa production and marketing in a way that is economically, environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable.
The SUCCESS Alliance receives and has received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), private sector partners and local governments. With this funding, ACDI/VOCA and its partners have implemented SUCCESS Alliance projects with a broad range of cocoa sector actors in Ecuador, Indonesia, Liberia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
The alliance also includes international and local organizations in the countries where the SUCCESS Alliance is active as well as local governments, the private sector and research entities.