We are combining the geographical mapping of cocoa farms with farmer census interviews. This combination not only provides us with key insights into the geographical location of the farm but also the farm size, crops grown, as well as the household composition and income of thousands of cocoa farmers and their farms.
As of the end of 2018/19, we mapped the geographical location, as well as the size of 295,383 cocoa farms which are captured in our Katchilè database. We also conducted census interviews with 229,142 cocoa farmers, capturing socio-economic and household data.
This unprecedented collection of farmer data has also allowed us to individualize our Farm Business Plans. These are designed to enable farmers to develop their cocoa farms into rehabilitated, diverse and professionally run farms over a period of several years.
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The plans offer specific advice on the best mix of seedlings and fertilizers and help farmers to access labour and inputs on credit. In 2018/19, over 16,000 farmers have adopted Farm Business Plans.