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Celebrating sustainability

PPDC recently organised a major event at which producers were presented with the premium paid to them for their certified cocoa.

Results of the Audits

Latest audits in fall 2008: 2,039 cocoa farmers now certified!


Download the latest information on the outcome of the PPDC evaluation report.

Improving the well-being of cocoa farmers

PPDC – Projet de Production Durable de Cacao Certifié – Market Oriented Promotion of Certified Sustainbable Cocoa Production

The PPDC project was an alliance of public and private-sector partners that aimed to improve the well-being of smallholder cocoa farmers in Côte d'Ivoire. The project encouraged the production of quality cocoa through the application of sustainable agricultural practices according to an internationally accepted standard (the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard). Farmers could raise their income, professionalize their farm management, improve health and education of their families and workers and protect the environment.

The private-sector partners were Kraft Foods, one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, and Armajaro Trading Limited, a cocoa and coffee trading company. The public-sector partners were the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The local project management worked jointly with the Ivorian national extension service, Agence Nationale d'Appui au Développement Rural (ANADER), and the Sustainable Tree Crops Program (STCP) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.

The project ended in March 2009 and was a big success: Almost 6000 farmers were trained and almost 6000 tons of cocoa certified, for which the farmers received a total of 1,2 million US$ as price premiums.