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Video Vignette: Healthcare and Traditional Medicine

For cocoa farmers who spend long hours laboring at their farms, dealing with injuries is a part of the job. In this video vignette, Bamba Gohou Aissata and Ouattara Mariam discuss how farmers in the Village of Kragui cope with the healthcare challenges posed by living in a small farming community without many healthcare options or easy access to major hospitals.

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Mars Video Vignette: Education in Soubré

There’s much work to be done to improve the education system in Côte d’Ivoire. In the video vignette below, cocoa farmer Ambofe Eric Didier discusses some of the obstacles that make it difficult for families to provide their kids with a proper education. Schools are far away, requiring kids to trek several kilometers multiple times a day to and from school, and they lack

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Mars Video Vignette: Labor and Profit

In this video vignette, Kouamé Kouassi gives us an inside look at how labor is divided and wages managed on his farm at Petit Bouaké. On a cocoa farm, everything is done collaboratively; it has to be in order to maximize efficiency.

You’ll hear Kouamé discuss what it’s like to own a farm where three of his brothers also work and how he compensates

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Mars Video Vignette: Raising Livestock

In the Village of Kragui, meat comes at a premium. Even a small fish costs more than most farmers can afford. That’s why Bamba Gohou Aissata wants her farm to get in the business of raising livestock. In this video vignette, Bamba provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of a woman farmer in Kragui, where women continue to work hard in the fields

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Mars Video Vignette: A Day on the Farm in Soubré, Côte d’Ivoire

What does a day on the farm look like for Mars cocoa workers in Soubré, Côte d’Ivoire? In this video vignette, M. Diomandé Yacouba directly shares his experiences as a farmer in the Koda Village, giving us an inside look at his daily life after working on the plantation for 15 years. You will hear him describe his daily routine on the farm and

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek Looks at the Sector’s Cocoa Sustainability Initiatives

Happy Valentine’s Day!  And in anticipation of our annual celebration of love and chocolate, Bloomberg BusinessWeek looked at the role that cocoa sustainability is playing in the sector.  The article focuses on the challenges that cocoa farmers are facing in producing enough yields to make their farms profitable and how that is impacting the willingness of the next generation to remain a part of

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Video on Vision for Change Shows Progress in Côte d’Ivoire

What does our Vision for Change program in Côte d’Ivoire look like on the ground?  How will it help farmers in Soubré?  What do the farmers themselves think of the effort to train them in methods like grafting and pruning?  You can find the answer to these questions in our new video on Vision for Change.

In the video, you will see the kinds

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Making chocolate an affordable luxury; private/public partnerships in agroforestry benefiting cocoa farmers

Please see below a press release on the Vision for Change and our partnership with ICRAF and national partners, which was released earlier this week:

Abidjan – 20 November 2012 For over a hundred years, cocoa has been the black gold of Western Africa, despite a political trading past that has often darkened the pages of history. Now, a partnership between two unlikely organizations

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Securing chocolate, securing livelihoods

We have a special guest blog post by Ermias Betemariam, Land Health Scientist from the World Agroforesty Centre (ICRAF), who recently returned from Cote d’Ivoire.

I recently returned from a work trip to Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa producer. Part of my time there was spent visiting with smallholder cocoa farmers involved in the Vision for Change: Sustainable Cocoa Communities project.

The project—a

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New Videos – Vision for Change in Côte d’Ivoire

Watch our new video to meet some of the farmers working with our Vision for Change project in Côte d’Ivoire.

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