Cotê d'Ivoire: Sustainable Cocoa Initiative (CISCI)
Côte d’Ivoire is the largest producer of cocoa in the world, producing close to 40% of the world’s cocoa. Yet many smallholder farmers lack training and education in how to grow cocoa productively. The inefficient farming techniques cause strain on the environment and affect quality and productivity. At the same time cocoa production continues to expand into forested areas. This is detrimental to the farmers and international buyers who increasingly look for sustainably produced cocoa.
The Project objective: To address sustainability in the cocoa sector
The overall objective of the initiative is to contribute to a sustainable cocoa sector by institutionalizing sustainable production practices within the Conseil du Café Cacao, supporting policy development, implementation, enforcement and building capacity of national institutions with the mandate for providing long-term, good quality assistance to the sector. Phase 1 of the project is finalised. It established a task force, a socio-economic and environmental baseline assessment and mapping of the cocoa industry. This study, under the guidance of UNDP, developed a national programme for CISCI.
UNDP also provides technical assistance to the national cocoa platform set up by the Ivorian government. The Platform establishes space for dialogue and action for the different stakeholders and all the various initiatives.
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