Overview on the project and its goals

PRO-PLANTEURS is a joint project of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa together with the German and the Ivorian government. 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. One objective of the project is, in particular, to provide women with opportunities to improve their income situation and create a better nutritional basis for their families with the help of additional crops. In addition, the project contributes to making cocoa production more attractive and adequate again to young cocoa farmers and female cocoa farmers. The objective is to improve the families’ livelihoods by increasing their incomes and improving nutrition.

More information about current activities in the project see here.

More information on the project can be found in our fact sheet. 

Learn more about the needs and benefits on farmers' side here.




Starting in June 2020, the project PRO-PLANTEURS will enter 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).

The focus of PRO-PLANTEURS and its project activities are divided into four areas:
1. Strengthening farmer organizations
  • PRO-PLANTEURS supports the organizations through training and coaching to improve their internal organization and the services provided to farmers and their families.
  • Women are encouraged to take up more responsibility within the farmer organizations.
2. Improving cocoa farming
  • PRO-PLANTEURS supports male and female cocoa farmers through direct advice and trainings.
  • The trainings are adjusted as required. They are developed using the curricula of the Farmer Business School (FBS) and of the Training Initiative Certification Capacity Enhancement (CCE).
3. Improving nutrition through diversification
  • PRO-PLANTEURS promotes diversification. This part of the project focuses on women.
  • By supporting them in activities such as production, processing and marketing, their income is to be improved.
  • Project activities will also focus on overcoming seasonal food shortages and year-round food security.
4. Joint learning
  • PRO-PLANTEURS fosters dialogue among farmers and disseminates best practices and success stories.
  • Dialogue and learning platforms allow organizations to disseminate knowledge and experiences to farmers. The project fosters this exchange; the platforms are actively used by the farmers.

PRO-PLANTEURS was set up with a duration of five years (6/2015 to 05/2020). Because of its good and well accepted succes a follow-up phase started in June 2020. This will last for another five years up to May 2025. The financing is shared by the three project partners: German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa, German Federal Government and Ivorian Government. Two committees are responsible for strategic management and technical advice on the implementation of the project on site.

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).



“I wish that my children receive good education and that they can have their own cocoa plantation. So that they continue what I have started.”

- Marguerite Malé, cocoa farmer from Aboisso


Further studies of the PRO-PLANTEURS project, as well as studies from other publishers, can be found under Studies & Reports.

  • Fact Sheet


  • Endline study 1st project phase - summary

    May 2020

  • Endline study 1st project phase (FR)

    May 2020

  • Evaluation de l'application du contenu des formations pour l'amelioration de la production de cacao

    Study (FR)

  • Étude des opportunités de marché des cultures vivrières

    Study (FR)

  • Study on the cost structure and access to financing of the cooperatives of the project PRO-PLANTEURS

    Study (EN)

  • Etude sur la structure des coûts et l’accès au financement des sociétés coopératives du projet PRO-PLANTEURS

    Study (FR)

  • Summary: Study on the cost structure and access to financing of the cooperatives of the project PRO-PLANTEURS

    Summary of the study

  • Baseline Study

    Study on farmer families and their livelihood conditions in PRO-PLANTEURS regions

  • Baseline Study (FR)

    Study on farmer families and their livelihood conditions in the PRO-PLANTEURS region

  • Baseline Study (Executive Summary)

    Summary of the study on farmer families and their livelihood conditions in the PRO-PLANTEURS region

  • Status of implementation of PRO-PLANTEURS

    Status of implementation (November 2017; only in German)

  • Federal Minister Gerd Müller visits PRO-PLANTEURS project in Côte d‘Ivoire (press release, DE)

    Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, visited a cocoa cooperative, which is supported and advised by PRO-PLANTEURS, on 01 March 2017 (only in German)

  • L’amélioration de la nutrition par le projet PRO-PLANTEURS

    Judith Steffens Presentation Nutrition and PRO-PLANTEURS (FR)