Promoting innovative and integrated crop solutions – Improving yields and quality
How it all started
Ivorian agricultural cooperatives and cocoa growers face a number of challenges. For the former it is the cost of establishing the conditions required for certification; for the latter it is the acquisition of the necessary know-how and skills along with application of good gricultural practices. This Food Chain Partnership project began with a workshop to which the various stakeholders in the cocoa value chain were invited. The name of the project, MOAYE, is symbolic: it means happiness in a local Ivorian language and underlines the project’s intention of making Ivorian cocoa growers happier.
What we aimed to achieve
The objectives of the project are to enhance the production of high-quality cocoa, increase productivity by at least 40 %, and reduce any risks to the environment and human health resulting from the application of crop protection products and disposal of empty containers. In addition, the project aimed to meet the challenge of traceability, increase the amount of certified produce, and use digital tools to communicate details of the project partners’ sustainability programs.
left: Andrew Brooks Head of cocoa Sustainability, Africa Olam Cocoa - right: Marc Chardet Managing Director BWCA SA, Country Commercial Lead West and Central Africa Bayer
Who is involved
The project involves 24 agricultural cooperatives with around 16,800 farmers cultivating a total of 50,400 hectares, three major trading/processing companies (Olam Cocoa, Cargill and Cémoi), Ecookim (a group of agricultural cooperatives) and the retailer / distributor RMG. Bayer’s involvement has been driven by the desire to support the sustainability objectives of its partners in the cocoa value chain.