For more than a decade, Swisscontact has supported and promoted large numbers of smallholder cocoa farmers to transform their operations into viable and sustainable cocoa production businesses and overcome poverty. Swisscontact strongly believes in developing sustainable cocoa value chains, which benefit not only farmers but also the broader rural community and nature/natural ecosystems.
Swisscontact has focused on the cocoa sector to increase the income levels of smallholder farmers and workers living below the poverty line. Given the global market demand projections, there are real opportunities for farmers to increase their revenues from cocoa production.
Swisscontact helps unlock these opportunities by supporting farmers to upgrade their production practices, enhancing the quality of their products, strengthening their organisational capacities, improving their positioning within the value chain and facilitating access to affordable services and inputs. A key element of success lies in the efficient and cost-effective cooperation between industry, governments, civil society organisations and donors. As a partner and supporter of several cocoa organisations, the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO), the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), and the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa:
Unsustainable cocoa farming practices and monocultures have led to harmful impacts on ecosystems and are accompanied by challenges such as aging plantations and productivity losses. As a result, farmers face loss of income and degradation of the ecosystems that provide their livelihoods. In addition, monoculture production makes farmers highly vulnerable to shocks such as price fluctuations and weather events. Unpredictable weather patterns, shorter growing seasons, droughts, extreme temperatures and increased vulnerability to pests and plant diseases due to climate change pose increasing risks to smallholder farmers around the world.
To address these challenges, Swisscontact promotes environmentally responsible and climate-friendly practices to conserve or restore ecosystems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen smallholder farmers' adaptive capacity to climate change.
Conservation and regeneration of ecosystems:
Climate Change Adaptation:
Climate Change Mitigation: