DURATION:
N/A
LOCATION:
Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Value chain analysis
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
US$ 330,000
GRANT FINANCING:
US$ 120,000 – CFC
 CO-FINANCING
NIL
COUNTERPART FINANCING
N/A
PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCY (PEA):
N/A
PROJECT SUPERVISORY BODY:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
January 2007
COMPLETION DATE:
Terminated

 

 

Brief Description:

The methodology and guidelines for the study were developed. The methodology was tested in Ghana during the last week of October 2007.  The test involved identifying three typical cases of cocoa production according to the level of inputs used. A preliminary analysis of the test in Ghana was finalized, giving a clear insight into the costs of production for the identified typical cases: costs of establishment of the farm and other investments and current costs of production, costs of commercialization of cocoa beans and the shares of the different stakeholders in the value chain.  The results of the test in Ghana had, subsequently, been used to modify and finalize the methodology for implementation of the study in the other participating countries. Following that revision, the study was conducted in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria between March and April 2008, with assistance from the ICCO Secretariat.

 

Project Objectives:

The main objective of the study was to systematically and uniformly establish the inputs and the costs incurred to produce, trade and export cocoa in different areas and under different practices in their respective countries and simultaneously, to establish the amounts and shares received by each of the categories of stakeholders in the proceeds from the export of cocoa. This would provide an insight into the net income derived by farmers and other stakeholders from cocoa cultivation and trade and to enhance the knowledge of the use of resources in cocoa production, trade and exporting.

 

Project Status:

The project was terminated due to the sensitive nature of information required to complete the analysis.

 

DURATION:
1 year
LOCATION:
Africa, Latin America, Asia and Oceania
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Payments for Environmental Services as a tool to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of smallholding cocoa farming.
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
EUR€ 74,300
SOURCE OF FUNDING:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
COMMISIONED TO:
South Pole
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
April 2020
COMPLETION DATE:
Expected in April 2021

 

 

Brief Description:

Most cocoa farmers still live in conditions of extreme poverty despite all the efforts from various stakeholders to lift them out of it. Nevertheless, it is possible to enhance the economic and social sustainability of the cocoa supply chain while improving its environmental sustainability by contracting farmers and their communities into reforestation and afforestation programmes – i.e. Payments for Environmental Services (PES) – implemented at national and farm levels.

 

Project Objectives:

South Pole will review the current status of payment for environmental services adopted in cocoa farming and provide an overview of these programs and their role in securing better income for farmers and environmental sustainability.  This analysis will be instrumental for the development of / three pilot projects on the feasibility of PES in cocoa farming.

Project Status:

South Pole has been contracted to conduct the study in April 2020. Results will be presented in 2021 at the 5th Edition of the World Cocoa Conference.

 

DURATION:
1 year
LOCATION:
Africa, Latin America, Asia and Oceania
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Characterisation of smallholding cocoa farming systems
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
EUR€ 92,799
SOURCE OF FUNDING:
IDH and CHOCOSUISSE have pledged to contribute each to €32,000. The ICCO will finance the remaining €28,799
COMMISIONED TO:
University of Reading, Reading, UK
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
March 2020
COMPLETION DATE:
Expected in April 2021

 

 

Brief Description:

Smallholder farms are characterized by their small size and low productivity coupled with limited alternative income-earning opportunities for the farmers. However, there is an array of different cocoa farming systems and technical advices to farmers need to be better adapted to their specific farming context.

The University of Reading will carry out a literature review and a comparative analysis of existing data and information on cocoa farming systems.  Additional information will be gathered from research and extension services providers in cocoa producing countries, cocoa and chocolate companies, certification agencies and universities, etc.

 

Project Objectives:

This study aims to identify and classify cocoa farming systems currently in place in major cocoa producing areas to propose and disseminate measures to enhance the sustainability of cocoa farming target the appropriate measures to enhance the sustainability of cocoa farming.

The study is expected to provide ICCO Member countries and other cocoa stakeholders, a technical manual containing a detailed description of the selected farming models, including agronomic, geographical, economic, social and environmental traits as basis for setting up capacity building programme in farm communities

Project Status:

The University of Reading has been contracted to conduct the study since March 2020 and should present its preliminary results in 2021 at the 5th Edition of the World Cocoa Conference.

DURATION:
N/A
LOCATION:
Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Cocoa Quality and Market Access
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
To be determined
GRANT FINANCING:
To be determined
CO-FINANCING
To be determined
COUNTERPART FINANCING
To be determined
PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCY (PEA):
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
PROJECT SUPERVISORY BODY:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
To be determined
COMPLETION DATE:
To be determined

 

 

Brief Description:

The project will use the platform and success story of the Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) programme to rejuvenate the production and trade of fine flavour cocoa in the Caribbean. The project will involve establishing national CoEx programmes to develop national competitions leading to international competion in CoEx. The project will improve cocoa quality by building capacity in fermentation and drying, laboratory assessments, aromatic and flavour testing, best post-harvest handling and cocoa beans traceability measures.

 

 

Project Objectives:

The overall objective of the project is to support fine flavour cocoa producing countries in the Caribbean to improve their ratings on the Annex C of the ICA 2010 as well as to establish national Cocoa of Excellence programmes to enable farmers to deliver cocoa beans of consistent premium quality, expand market opportunities and develop negotiation skills for cocoa farmers in the region

 

Project Status:

A concept note was submitted by IICA to the ICCO Secretariat. IICA and Alliance Bioversity – CIAT will now work together to develop a full project proposal.

DURATION:
N/A
LOCATION:
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
US$ 557,273
GRANT FINANCING:
US$ 375,562
CO-FINANCING
US$ 63,691
COUNTERPART FINANCING
US$ 118,020
PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCY (PEA):
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
PROJECT SUPERVISORY BODY:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
To be determined
COMPLETION DATE:
To be determined

 

 

Brief Description:

The project is in response to the European commission Regulation NO. 488/2014 which established a Maximum Residue Levels of 0.1 – 0.8 mg/kg of cadmium in chocolate products (depending on the percentage of total dry cocoa solids contained). The project will support the participating countries in their coordination and information sharing efforts on best practices for cadmium mitigation and remediation in cocoa as well as to enhance their technical capacity to analyze cadmium levels in cocoa beans. The project will contribute to improving knowledge of cadmium presence in cocoa growing areas through analyses and mapping. The project will also create awareness about cadmium contamination and measures for mitigation and remediation along the cocoa value chain.

 

 

Project Objectives:

The goal of the project is to maintain market access of cocoa and cocoa-derived products from the Latin America and the Caribbean region by application of strategies for reducing the levels of cadmium concentrations while contributing to poverty alleviation and ensuring food safety. The objective of the project is to better manage cadmium concentration in cocoa and cocoa-derived products from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago through coordinated regional approach, in order to comply with new trade measures establishing cadmium limits.

 

Project Status:

The project proposal was reviewed and approved by the Economics Committee at is fourteenth meeting in September 2019. The ICCO Secretariat will submit the project proposal to the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF) for grant financing consideration at its meeting in July 2020. The project proposal will also be submitted to other potential donors to secure the necessary co-financing for the project.

DURATION:
3 years
LOCATION:
Indonesia
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Cocoa pest and disease management
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
US$ 607,215
GRANT FINANCING:
NIL
CO-FINANCING
US$ 269,791
COUNTERPART FINANCING
US$ 337,423
PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCY (PEA):
Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI)
PROJECT SUPERVISORY BODY:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
September 2020
COMPLETION DATE:
September 2023

 

 

Brief Description:

The productivity of cocoa farms in Indonesia is very low as a result of poor crop management practices and cocoa pest and disease pressure especially VSD and PPR. The project will address this problem in part by raising awareness on prevention and control of VSD and PPR diseases of cocoa; enhancing institutional capacities to prevent and control VSD and PPR; and transferring knowledge to farmers through Farmer Field School (FFS) approach.

 

 

Project Objectives:

The overall objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of cocoa farmers to adopt best agricultural practices to manage Vascular-Streak Dieback (VSD) and Phytophthora Pod Rot (PPR) diseases of cocoa. The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. To raise awareness among cocoa farmers on prevention and control of VSD and PPR diseases of cocoa
  2. To provide a base of support services and training facilities to cocoa farmers
  3. To transfer knowledge to farmers on the prevention and control of VSD and PPR disease of cocoa

 

Project Status:

The project proposal was reviewed and approved by the Economics Committee at is thirteenth meeting in April 2019. The ICCO Secretariat is in consultation with potential donors in the cocoa industry to secure the necessary co-financing for the project.

DURATION:
18 months
LOCATION:
Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Price Risk Management
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
US$ 654,217
FINANCING COMMITED BY CFC:
US$ 313,828 – Common Fund for Commodities (CFC)
CO-FINANCING
US$ 87,444 – AFD and others
COUNTERPART FINANCING
US$ 252,945
PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCY (PEA):
 TWIN
PROJECT SUPERVISORY BODY:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
 October 2014
COMPLETION DATE:
 April 2016

 

 

Brief Description:

The overall objective of the project is to implement a major programme of awareness-raising and capacity building in Africa to assist smallholder cocoa farmers in mitigating the negative impact of intra-seasonal cocoa price volatility and securing more predictable and ultimately better incomes from cocoa growing.
The project will broadly identify the specific impacts of cocoa price volatility and the strategies in place to cope with them in other to develop policy recommendations to improve strategies for price risk management. More importantly, the project will assess and select appropriate price risk management strategies and enhance the capacity of cocoa farmers and traders to use them.
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Project Status:

The project was completed and closed in March 2018.

 

Project Results:

Please click here to download the Project Completion Report (PCR)

DURATION:
18 months
LOCATION:
Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Price Risk Management
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
US$ 654,217
FINANCING COMMITED BY CFC:
US$ 313,828
CO-FINANCING
US$ 87,444
COUNTERPART FINANCING
US$ 252,945
PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCY (PEA):
 TWIN
PROJECT SUPERVISORY BODY:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
 October 2014
COMPLETION DATE:
 April 2016

 

 

Brief Description:

The project will implement a major programme of awareness-raising, training and capacity building in Africa so as to assist cocoa smallholder farmers to mitigate the negative impact of intra-seasonal cocoa price volatility and secure more predictable and ultimately better incomes from cocoa growing, contributing to a more sustainable cocoa economy..

 

Project Objectives:

The overall objective of the project is to provide cocoa smallholder farmers with the capacity to tackle appropriately their exposure to cocoa price risk.

 

Project Status:

The project agreement was signed by CFC, ICCO and TWIN (the PEA) in March 2014 and the PEA signed the contractual agreement with each National Project Implementing Agency (NPIA) for the project implementation. The conditions for the release of the funds by CFC have been met for all countries except Togo. The first tranche of the project grant is to be disbursed to enable the project to commence. The recent policy changes in Togo regarding cocoa prices are currently being reviewed to determine the required amendments to planned project activities. The ICCO is in consultations with the CFC and the authorities in Togo in this respect.

DURATION:
 Six months
LOCATION:
 Cameroon
NATURE OF PROJECT:
 Market Access
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
US$ 308,000
FINANCING COMMITED BY ACBF:
US$ 200,000
CO-FINANCING
US$ 58,000
COUNTERPART FINANCING
US$ 50,000
PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCY (PEA):
 ELENI-LLC Consultancy
PROJECT SUPERVISORY BODY:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
 September 2014
COMPLETION DATE:
 March 2015

 

Brief Description:

The creation of warehouse-receipt systems and commodity exchanges is seen as a valuable means of improving the performance of agricultural marketing systems in Africa, following the liberalization introduced in the 1980s. Progress in the promotion of these systems and the related market institutions in Africa have generally been slow or limited. However, judging by the successful experiences in a number of developing countries in Asia and Latin America, as well as in South Africa, there is every reason to expect that such systems can become a strategically-important element for transforming agricultural marketing systems in Africa, helping to address some of the factors contributing to the present inefficiency in the trading of agricultural produce, and at the same time contributing considerably to the reduction of poverty among the rural population.  Given the importance of the agriculture sector for the economy of Cameroon and the innovative nature of this project, it is important to conduct a feasibility study for the development of warehouse-receipt systems and of a commodity exchange in the country, to ensure a correct framework is put in place for the agricultural sector to thrive and have a positive impact on farmers’ livelihood.

 

Project Objectives:

The main objective of the project is to carry out a feasibility study in Cameroon with a view to assessing the potential and possible conditions for the creation and operation of a commodity exchange, based on a warehouse receipt system.   This exchange would include transactions involving the key country’s agricultural commodities (cash and subsistence crops).

 

Project Status:

The project consultant finalized the feasibility study in Cameroon. A first draft of the study is currently being finalized by the consultan. Thereafter, authorities from Cameroon will organize a meeting between the PEA and a the project technical committee to review the results of the feasibility study and establish the way forward for the implementation of a Commodity Exchange in Cameroon. Once approved, the report of the feasibility study will be made available. The project is expected to commence before the end of 2014.

DURATION:
Two years and six months
LOCATION:
Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea
NATURE OF PROJECT:
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST:
US$ 824,359
FINANCING COMMITED BY STDF:
US$ 604,491 – STDF
CO-FINANCING
US$ 98,337 – Mars and others
COUNTERPART FINANCING
US$ 121,531
PROJECT EXECUTING AGENCY (PEA):
Center for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)
PROJECT SUPERVISORY BODY:
International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
PROJECT STARTING DATE:
September 2013
COMPLETION DATE:
March 2016

 

Brief Description:

The overall development goal of this project is to improve market access for cocoa beans from South East Asia through capacity building in SPS and food safety practices and compliance.

Project Status:

The project was completed and closed in March 2016.

Project Status:

Please click here to download the Project Completion Report (PCR)