The objective of PRO-PLANTEURS is to improve the living conditions of 20,000 cocoa farmers and their families in the southeast of Côte d'Ivoire. To this end, the cooperatives have been professionalized, the farmers have been trained and, among other things, small-scale projects have been initiated that provide women and young people in particular with their own and better income opportunities. The progress of the project was positively assessed by the project partners, the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa, the German Federal Government and the Ivorian Government. There was also clear approval and good feedback from the farmers. In September last year, it was decided to continue the project.
The second phase has been running since June. Due to the Corona pandemic, project activities with direct contact such as training courses cannot take place at the moment, but preparations and other activities are continuing (see also the interview with the project manager Judith Steffens). A further 10,000 cocoa farmers and their cooperatives will be involved in the subsequent phase. This brings the number of farmers reached by PRO-PLANTEURS to 30,000.
PRO-PLANTEURS is thus also the only project in the cocoa sector that is financially supported by the Conseil du Café-Cacao (CCC).