Three years

Nature of Project:

Market Access and Market Development

Estimated total Cost:
US$ 131,723
Financing commited by CFC:

US$ 101,426



Counterpart Financing:

US$ 30,297

Project Executing Agency (PEA):

Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Project Supervisory Body:

International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

Project Starting Date:

 October 2008

Completion Date:
 October 2011


Brief Description

The feasibility study involved the analysis of the cocoa value chain; assessment of the current status and the opportunities for organic cocoa export including cost-benefit analysis of organic production and certification; and development of action plan for supporting organic export in selected areas, with selected producer groups and other stakeholders.


Project Objectives

The objective of the project was to analyse the opportunities in organic cocoa production and to identify the best production areas, producer organization and support activities for organic cocoa production in Cameroon and Togo.


Project Results

The study established that the conversion from conventional cocoa (organic by default) to certified organic cocoa production was both feasible and financially viable in both countries, but under different conditions.  In Cameroon, it was recommended to build upon existing multi-stakeholder partnerships, while in the case of Togo, there was a need to first strengthen the cocoa supply chain, and then build new partnerships.  In addition, for Togo, a problem of availability of improved planting material was identified, while in both countries, the incidence of pests and diseases, which could require the use of pesticides, was seen as a major bottleneck.  The study also demonstrated that the financial viability of organic cocoa production depended on a number of variables, such as the number of farmers involved, their yields, and their loyalty in selling their cocoa to their organizations.


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ICCO Membership Procedure

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