Over the course of ten years, the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) has grown into an initiative reaching 165,000 farmers and engaging the entire cocoa industry in Indonesia. The legacy of SCPP spans a spectrum of areas, such as productivity increase, poverty reduction and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions-at a time of significant upheaval in the cocoa sector in Indonesia.
A decade has passed since 2010, yet the cocoa industry in Indonesia has been encountering range of challenging dynamics. Through innovations and strong collaboration with actors in cocoa value chain, Swisscontact we believed we have strived to overcome the hurdles and set foundation in sustaining cocoa farming in Indonesia.
After eight years of Program implementation, we reached 165,000 farmers with high quality cocoa farming training, increase average cocoa farm productivity by 155%, and reduce poverty by 35%. SCPP measures success beyond just transferring knowledge to farmers in producing more cocoa. We have supported value chain actors to set certification mechanism, enrolling an information system for cocoa traceability, strengthen sector platforms and forums for better collaboration, and advising cocoa companies with new tools and approach to engage and upgrade cocoa farmer performance.
Despite these immense efforts, to maintain success of Indonesia cocoa sector in the future, there is still much more to pursue for all stakeholders along the value chain. The government, farmers, private sector as cocoa buyers, certification bodies, and other organisations must innovate and foster stronger collaboration to become active partners in the achievement of sustainable growth of cocoa in Indonesia.
People, Profit, and Planet, meaning the Program facilitated and implemented specific activities in the social, economic, and environmental dimensions. The Program addressed 11 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).