(Update: 2021)

125 projects

are implemented by members of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa

2020: 133 projects
2019: 125 projects
2018: 124 projects
2017: 116 projects 

25 cocoa producing countries

are covered by projects

 94 projects in West Africa

thereof 66 projects in Côte d'Ivoire (incl. PRO-PLANTEURS)

At least 1 million

cocoa farmers and their families have been reached

2020: 1.25 million
2019: 1.54 million
2018: 1.49 million
2017: 1.44 million
2016: 1.38 million

Members’ fields of action in the producing countries

Economic Sustainability

Better agricultural practices for cocoa

Provision of fertilizer, pesticides, seedlings/planting material

Promotion of diversified crops

Strengthening cocoa cooperatives and communities

Access to financing

Social Sustainability

Empowerment of women

Youth development with regards to cocoa production and marketing

Fight against abusive forms of child labour

Food security

Exchange and joint learning

Ecological Sustainability

Adaptation of cocoa production to the effects of climate change

Supply chains free from deforestation

Promotion of agroforestry systems

Conservation of biodiversity


With PRO-PLANTEURS, the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa aims to professionalize 20,000 cocoa-producing family-owned businesses and farmer organizations in the south-eastern regions of Côte d'Ivoire. The objective is to improve the families’ livelihoods by increasing their incomes and improving nutrition.