Building stronger cocoa farmer groups through ICT

29 July 2016

For years, stakeholders in the cocoa industry in West Africa have been trying different approaches to influence, if not change, cocoa farmers’ “forest rent” practice to reduce the impact of related activities on the environment. In an effort to contribute to this cause in Ghana, IITA with the Grameen Foundation and SNV revitalized a 100,000-member cocoa cooperative called Kuapa Kokoo under the Humidtropics’ Cocoa-Eco project by building a real-time online agricultural information and communication technology (ICT) system (, thereby strengthening the group’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system.

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