It wasn’t easy at the start. He needed funds to rejuvenate the plantation, training to grow his crops and advice on how to focus on crop variation.
Through Cocoa Horizons, Elijah got access to agronomy training and financial support to start his own seedlings nursery.
In a few years, he expects his young trees to yield their very first cocoa fruits.
The average age of cocoa farmers in West Africa is 51 years*. Many youngsters see no prospect in the farms of their parents or grandparents, because they do not see it as a lucrative trade.
*Sustainable Baseline Analysis conducted within 326 communities with whom Barry Callebaut implemented sustainability programs.
Facilitating young farmers with modern agronomy training so they can change their smallholder farms into thriving communities of professionalised, commercial farms.
Giving young farmers the basic financial & management coaching they need to make smart financial choices.
Creating demonstration plots to showcase innovative farming methods like, carbon sequestration, correct fertiliser use and crop protection.
Providing farmer support including direct access to planting, financial services and access to plots of farmland.