Topics Archives: Farmer Training

Usman Siraje: Curiosity Leads to Prosperity

This post is co-authored by Akhmad Anshari

Usman Siraje is very different from other cocoa farmers we’ve met in Indonesia.

In 1970, Usman started his first business, a clothes workshop, which supported his family until 1984. After 14 years, as the business went bad, Usman closed the workshop and bought 3Ha land at Buntu Batu Village in Luwu District, and started his new career

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Cocoa Doctor Andi Asri: Helping Others Also Makes Me Succeed

Andi Asri is a cocoa doctor in Awo Village, south Sulawesi, Indonesia. The first time I met Andi was in Dec 2012 at the first “Best Cocoa Village Center Competition” in CDC Tarengge. Compared with other cocoa doctors, who were quite nervous talking to the audience, Andi’s interactive and relaxed way of presenting his CVC impressed all of us.

As we were preparing for

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Vision For Change Agroforestry Workshop

The goal of the Vision for Change project to revitalize the cocoa sector in Soubré and across Côte d’Ivoire – so that it can result in well-trained cocoa producers, higher yields and a cocoa economy that benefits the entire community.

One major component of the project is to develop and disseminate sustainable management options for cocoa rehabilitation, including cocoa farm diversification. Farmers who rely

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Mars Chocolate Held Cocoa Agri-business Contest at Vocational Schools in Sulawesi

Cocoa has been the main income source for over half a million smallholders in Sulawesi, Indonesia. With the increasing need for cocoa worldwide, opportunities and challenges are facing the industry. Aimed at improving cocoa farmers’ lives as well as cultivating the next generation’s interests in cocoa, Mars Chocolate recently held a Cocoa Agri-business contest at vocational schools in Luwu, North Luwu and East Luwu,

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Indonesia: A chance for chocolate

Since 2011, Mars Chocolate has partnered with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, and the government of Indonesia to develop the Cocoa Development Center model in Sulawesi.  IFAD has recently developed a video on our efforts here, and they’ve released a special version just in time for Easter.

In the IFAD video, you’ll meet Ahmad Darise,

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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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Two Years of Progress in Petit Bondoukou

Traveling to cocoa growing communities around the world has long been an important part of my job, and though it involves a lot of time in airplanes throughout the year, there’s just no substitute for seeing our projects in person and meeting the people involved.

On Sunday, November 18, I met with the chief and other leaders of Petit Bondoukou, one of the first

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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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Projet Vision for Change (V4C) : Pour Une Cacaoculture Durable en Cote d’Ivoire

For our French readers, we offer these observations on the Vision for Change project in Cote d’Ivoire

Un technicien d’ICRAF dans un champ de démonstration du greffage de matériels améliorés sur vieux plants de cacao.

C’est un ambitieux programme de revitalisation du verger cacaoyer en Côte d’Ivoire que le projet Vision for Change (V4C) lancé par l’industriel chocolatier MARS Inc.et mis en œuvre par

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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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