Client name: World Cocoa Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Duration:
October 2013 to April 2014

Location: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria

Situation

Cocoa production in Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria and Cameroon makes up more than two-thirds of the world’s output. Most of this cocoa comes from small, community-run farms. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Cocoa Foundation’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program seeks to improve the farmers’ livelihoods through a combination of public and private partnerships and increased access to agriculture training and products.

Solution

MSI, Coffey’s America’s operation, delivered an evaluation on the World Cocoa Foundation’s Livelihoods Program with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The evaluation measured the influence of innovative approaches and efficiency of production and marketing models used for local farmers and their families.

The external evaluation consisted of both qualitative and quantitative data gathered from assisted farmers to gauge impact of the program’s first phase.  Among the many survey questions, our experts asked:

  • Did farmers record increases in yield of cocoa during the program?
  • Have the farmers earned more during the program? If so, how was the extra revenue spent?
  • What innovations have helped farmers get the services they need?
  • What program approaches have helped farmers the most?

The evaluation also focused on the use of fertilizers and the relationship between cocoa yield and increased income.

Result

Our evaluation experts conducted nearly 100 interviews across Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon. The interviewees included a wide array of agricultural parties: farmers, farmer organizations, agriculture trainers and business educators.

With this analysis and evaluation, the World Cocoa Foundation is able to make critical adjustments to the next phase of the program.  The World Cocoa Foundation can fund the program’s successful approaches and sustainable innovations while correcting the ineffective practices.