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We recently returned from a visit to the village of Petit Bondoukou in Côte d’Ivoire, where the program is already reaching that community. Below are a few pictures from that trip, where we visited a school and met with Joel Yao, an operator of one of the newly-opened Cocoa Village Centers (CVCs) that are so critical to our efforts there. You’ll be hearing more
As part of its Vision for Change program, Mars has been supporting Community-driven development activities in the Soubré region of western Côte d’Ivoire since 2011. For some communities involved since the beginning, it is time to take stock of the activity.
Since the beginning of 2014, members of the ICRAF (International Center for Research on Agroforestry) implementation team have been conducting “capitalization” meetings with
David Zilberman, a professor of agriculture and resource economics at University of California Berkeley, recently visited Côte d’Ivoire and shared her perspective on his blog. He has agreed to allow us to repost it here, but you can also find it at the Berkeley Blog:
This week I returned from my fourth trip to Africa, this time to the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire,
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
At Sourcemap, we make software that connects people across supply chains. That’s why we partnered with Mars Chocolate on Vision for Change (V4C), a sweeping initiative to improve cocoa productivity and farmer livelihoods in Côte d’Ivoire. V4C is one element of the company’s Sustainable Cocoa Initiative, which is helping to secure the future of cocoa production by prioritizing the needs of farmers.
2012 was a banner year for the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative, and in particular for our Vision for Change projects in the Soubré region of Cote d’Ivoire. We saw marked improvement in the four key areas of productivity, community development, monitoring and evaluation, and coalition building. We thought we’d share with you just some of the important achievements we saw last year.
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