Washington — The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) website now features a new interactive map that details the locations of the communities in Ivory Coast and Ghana where it has active farmer-improvement programs.
The map also provides information about activities in the communities, program descriptions and the number of beneficiaries. Personalized farmer initiatives that provide improved planting material, financial support and training; and community healthcare and education are among the services WCF is providing.
Approximately 70 percent of the world’s cocoa is grown in West and Central Africa on about two million small, independent family farms less than two hectares in size, according to the WCF.
WCF reports: “African cocoa farmers and their families face a number of challenges: low yields, pests and diseases that attack their cocoa trees, difficulty obtaining farming supplies, and limited access to credit. Like other rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, cocoa-growing communities often have low levels of adult literacy, face health risks such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, and have difficulty with access to quality education for their children.”