Overview on the project and its goals

PRO-PLANTEURS is a joint project of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO), the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Ivorian Coffee-Cocoa Council (Conseil du Café-Cacao). The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO) is an association of the German confectionery industry, the German food retail trade and civil society organisations as well as the German government, represented by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). PRO-PLANTEURS contributes to the implementation of the national cocoa strategy of Côte d'Ivoire, 2QC (Quantité - Qualité - Croissance), and the CocoaAction strategy of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF).

In the project period 2015 to 2025, PRO-PLANTEURS seeks to professionalise 30,000 family farmers and their cocoa farmer organisations in Côte d'Ivoire. The project also aims to provide opportunities for women, in par-ticular, to achieve a better income and a better food basis for their families in order to have a positive impact on their living conditions.  After a successful first phase, a five-year follow-up phase began in June 2020. The project progress of PRO-PLANTEURS is regularly monitored and adjusted if necessary.

"I encourage women to take an interest in agriculture, to take an active role in cocoa production and to assert themselves as producers."

- Alida N'Takpe-Coulibaly, President of the SCOOP-RASSO cooperative

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The Project PRO-PLANTEURS

In June 2020, the project PRO-PLANTEURS entered another five-year follow-up phase and will continue to be jointly financed by the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa, the German government and the Ivorian government. Time to take a look at the first project phase (06/2015 - 05/2020).

In the first phase of the project from 2015 to 2020, the project worked with 35 farmer organisations in the regions of Abengourou, Aboisso and Agboville. PRO-PLANTEURS trained 140 managers of the farmers' or-ganisations to make them more professional. In the second phase, more organisations of cocoa farmers in the regions of Yamoussoukro and Divo will be included in the project.


More information on the project can be found in our fact sheet.
Learn more about the needs and benefits on farmers' side here.
More information about current activities in the project see here.
For pictures and more impression see here.

PRO-PLANTEURS and its project activities have four main subjects:
1. Strengthening farmers' organisations

All farmer organisations working with PRO-PLANTEURS run a 12-month programme of training and counselling to strengthen their management and improve access to finance. PRO-PLANTEURS also offers customised events, training and activities to support the organisations in further professionalising and expanding their services to members. These include the introduction of digital payment methods or the training of young people as workers in cocoa cultivation, who support the farmers, e.g. in plant protection.

2. Improved farm management

PRO-PLANTEURS supports cocoa farmers through training and direct advice. In order to improve the income of the families, the participants in the project learn methods to develop their often traditionally managed farms into professional small businesses. In the Farmer Business School training, for example, the farmers learn to manage expenses and income and to make calculations on profitability.
Smallholder farms that do not grow only one crop, i.e. that diversify cultivation, are more resilient to price and harvest fluctuations. Moreover, cocoa and other cash crops should not completely displace the cultivation of vegetables and other crops for subsistence in order to ensure food security throughout the year. For this reason, the project focuses on imparting knowledge on benefits as well as good agricultural practices in the cultivation of vegetables and other food crops consumed in households. Awareness-raising on agroforestry systems contributes to climate change adaptation, and events on good nutrition practices contribute to a balanced diet for families.

3. Promoting cooperation in the supply chain

PRO-PLANTEURS offers GISCO members the opportunity to implement projects that contribute to the achievement of GISCO's objectives through a matching fund linked to the project and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Projects can be proposed by GISCO members from the private sector and non-governmental organisations. The projects approved after the first call target more than 10,000 cocoa-producing households on the topics of living income, agroforestry, diversification and prevention of abusive child labour.

4. Shared learning and innovation

PRO-PLANTEURS supports dialogue and learning. The exchange of knowledge and innovations is particularly pro-moted in events in the various project regions. In this way, farmers' organisations become multipliers for information, innovations and good agricultural practice.

Documents for download

Fact Sheets

  • Fact Sheet PRO-PLANTEURS

    English

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  • Factsheet on Professionalization of Cocoa Producers

    English

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  • Factsheet on Professionalization of Cocoa Producers

    French

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  • Factsheet on the PRO-PLANTEURS Day

    English

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  • Factsheet on Financing

    English

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  • Factsheet on Drivers for Competitiveness

    English

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  • Factsheet on Nutrition

    English

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  • Factsheet on Nutrition

    French

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  • Factsheet on Young Entrepreneurs’ Service Units

    English

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  • Factsheet on Professionalizing Organizations of Cocoa Producers

    English

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Project Progress Reports

  • Final Report Phase I

    Attachments can be provided by the Secretariat upon request

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  • Project Progress Report 2020

    Attachments can be provided by the Secretariat upon request

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  • Project Progress Report 2019

    Attachments can be provided by the Secretariat upon request

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  • Project Progress Report 2018

    Attachments can be provided by the Secretariat upon request

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  • Project Progress Report 2017

    Attachments can be provided by the Secretariat upon request

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  • Project Progress Report 2016

    Attachments can be provided by the Secretariat upon request

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  • Project Progress Report 2015

    Attachments can be provided by the Secretariat upon request

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Journée PRO-PLANTEURS

  • Rapport de la 4ème Journée PRO-PLANTEURS

    Child labour and job opportunities (french report)

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