Cocoa Value Chain


Cocoa produced in agroforestry systems, mostly by smallholders in Nicaragua and Honduras, substantially increases employment and income generation as well as food security. This project links and capacitates key actors of the cocoa value chain in both countries and at the regional level. It promotes public-private partnerships to benefit 3’000 small cocoa producers and their families.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Central America
Honduras
Nicaragua
Agriculture and Food Security
Agriculture value-chain development
Agricultural policy and regulatory frameworks (incl. trade)
01.05.2013 - 31.03.2018
CHF 12'160'000
Background

There is a steadily increasing global demand for quality cocoa. Central America has a large potential in terms of planting areas and improved productivity. However, there is a need to improve production, productivity, processing and selling of cocoa. Organizational, business and technical capacities of producers and producers’ organizations are low and service provision is poorly developed.

Objectives

To contribute to poverty reduction of the rural population and improve food security in Nicaragua and Honduras.

Target groups

 

  • 3000 families (15’000 persons) producing cocoa in agroforestry systems in both countries.
  • Public and private actors of the cocoa value chain and of the innovation and research system.

 

Medium-term outcomes
  1. The capacities of cocoa producers and producers’ organizations are strengthened. Cocoa sales have increased.
  2. Production, productivity and quality of cocoa grown in agroforestry systems are increased.
  3. The governance of the cocoa sector and the coordination of stakeholders at local, national and regional levels are strengthened.
  4. Knowledge management in the topics of technologies and market opportunities at regional level are enhanced.

 

Results

Results from previous phases:  

  1. The capacities of cocoa producers and producers’ organizations are strengthened. Cocoa sales have increased.
  2. Production, productivity and quality of cocoa grown in agroforestry systems are increased.
  3. The governance of the cocoa sector and the coordination of stakeholders at local, national and regional levels are strengthened.
  4. Knowledge management in the topics of technologies and market opportunities at regional level are enhanced.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign Non-Governmental Organization
Private sector
  • Foreign private sector North
  • MEFCCA as main implementer and UNIDO as technical advisor in Nicaragua. FUNDER as leading agency of the consortium FUNDER-FHIA-APROCACAHO in Honduras. RUTA as implementer on the regional level.

Implementing partner
Multiple Local Partners

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   12'160'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   11'806'257
Project phases Phase 1 01.05.2013 - 31.03.2018   (Current phase)