Naomi struggled to comfortably provide for her family. Three years ago, determined to change her story, Naomi joined the Cocoa Horizons program where she made use of the agroforestry training module to gradually transform her farm and her finances. Today, not only does she proudly harvest higher quality cocoa but other food crops like cassava and plantain to sell for extra income and feed her family. She also works as a purchasing clerk at one of the biggest cocoa buying centres in her district. Naomi is a force to reckon with in her community with further ambitions to expand her financial independence.

"Supporting a family with 3 kids used to worry me; getting them a proper education, keeping them healthy. The moment I learned how to become more independent, was the moment I became stronger"

- Naomi -
Cocoa Farmer, Ghana

HOW WE EMPOWER
A NEW GENERATION OF WOMEN FARMERS

Challenges 

In West Africa, only about 5% of farmers are women. And only about 33% have some form of income generating activity*. Yet taking care of their family is often a major priority for them. Research shows that a woman’s success is a strong catalyst to the betterment of her children’s health and education**. Therefore, investing in women farmers is essential for communities to thrive.

*Sustainable Baseline Analysis conducted within 326 communities with whom Barry Callebaut implemented sustainability programs.
**United Nations Sources, World Cocoa Federation. 

Your contribution supports

Financing women's agroforestry training to create more female farmers and trainers, making them self-sufficient and able to diversify their income.

Giving women training in literacy, financial management and good agricultural practices so they can run their own businesses.

Raising awareness about women's rights, empowerment and gender sensitivity to strengthen their role in their community and participation in governance structures. 

Addressing the root cause of child labour because woman earning a stable income can send their children to school. 

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ELEVATING THOUSANDS OF FARMERS TO COCOA CRAFTSMEN

FOSTERING A NEW GENERATION OF YOUNG FARMERS

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CHANGE ON THE HORIZON
Discover the change we make together in latest facts & figures

FARMER GROUPS WE WORK WITH
Explore some of the farmer cooperatives we cooperate with and buy our cocoa beans from

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Dive into some of the FAQ about the Cocoa Horizons programme