To solve challenges in cocoa sector cocoa companies were ready to be engaged in upgrading cocoa farmer performance though trainings and kick-start traceability and certification program. However, they were not yet willing to fully fund an unproven intervention. SCPP lined up the industry and solicited pledges of co-funding. SECO had committed to an expansion of SCPP, but the funds were limited therefore SCPP began to look for large-scale public money that could build on private sector pledges.
By the end of 2020, the amount of SCPP funding was 51 million CHF with around 12 million CHF (23% of total funding) coming from the private sector. The structure of SCPP is best described as a hub-andspoke network with Swisscontact playing the central role as coordinator, moderator, and project implementer.
Swisscontact consulted with a multitude of stakeholders ranging from government agencies at different administrative levels, research institutions, sectorial platforms, program donors, NGOs, input providers, cocoa traders, and banks to industry platforms and global chocolate manufacturers. By being able to credibly demonstrate the technical expertise and impact of SCPP’s project activities, Swisscontact was consistently able to attract and retain donor and private sector interest in sustaining their commitment to SCPP’s activities.
Transforming a Pre-Commercial Sector into a Competitive One