Necaayo in Ivory Coast

Delica has been buying its cocoa beans direct from the Necaayo Cooperative since 2012. Some 500 growers in the farming community in the south-west of Ivory Coast currently produce cocoa for Delica. They live in little hamlets spread across eight parishes around the village of Allakro, about an hour from the port town of San Pedro.
As the exclusive partner of the cooperative, Delica has already launched various projects, such as:  

  • Construction of a health center with a maternity ward. This has given some 2,500 people in the area access to basic medical care.
  • Installation of water pumps in all municipalities as well as a solar power system for the hospital ward
  • Construction of housing for the nurses, midwives and their families
  • Various schools built across the eight municipalities: this significantly shortens the journey to school for the children and gives them the opportunity to attend school close to their home.

 

Delica's on-location sustainability team

As they travel around the Allakro cocoa plantations, Delica's sustainability team have seen for themselves the effectiveness of the collaboration with Necaayo. The contractual agreements are being fulfilled and the Rainforest Alliance premiums used as specified by Delica. Half of the premium is paid directly to the farmers. The other half is used to finance the projects mentioned above, provide farmers with production equipment, and run training sessions on good agricultural practice.

Climate protection project with Necaayo

The agroforestry climate protection project with Necaayo was launched at the end of 2020. The aim of this long-term project is to use the financing obtained through CO2 compensation to make cocoa production more sustainable while at the same time improving the income of cocoa farmers. It specifically intends to increase the resilience of cultivation systems to climatic change and disease by encouraging farmers to plant additional shade trees in their cocoa plantations, which at the same time store carbon. These climate protection services provided by the farmers represent an additional source of income. In addition, any agroforestry products can be brought to market locally. The climate protection foundation, myclimate, was commissioned by FMC and Delica to develop the project and assist the Necaayo cooperative in implementing it as part of the M climate fund.

Voices from the origin

Djodjo Walla (52), cocoa grower from Guiré, Necaayo Cooperative

“We receive training to teach us all about cocoa growing. This helps us achieve a bigger, better quality harvest.”

Assamoi Kouassi Paulin (40), nurse

“Last year we carried out numerous vaccination programmes in the villages. The children have now been vaccinated against diseases such as tuberculosis, yellow fever, hepatitis and measles.”

Rosine, midwife

“Pregnant women and new-born babies are examined in the maternity department. I also advise people on family planning.”

Ileg Tabio Arististe Parfait (31) & Brou Kouakou Jean Pacome (27), Extension Officers, Necaayo Cooperative

“We believe that training is the biggest bonus of UTZ certification. It involves more than just learning. We have fun, and the cocoa growers can have a chat.”

Victor Amani Kouame (40), cocoa grower from Allakro, Necaayo cooperative

“Thanks to the cooperation with Chocolat Frey, Necaayo is able to invest in our communities. Our cooperative supports us throughout the year and we receive the premium when money is in short supply in the summer.”

Djodjo Walla (52), cocoa grower from Guiré, Necaayo Cooperative

“We receive training to teach us all about cocoa growing. This helps us achieve a bigger, better quality harvest.”

Assamoi Kouassi Paulin (40), nurse

“Last year we carried out numerous vaccination programmes in the villages. The children have now been vaccinated against diseases such as tuberculosis, yellow fever, hepatitis and measles.”

Rosine, midwife

“Pregnant women and new-born babies are examined in the maternity department. I also advise people on family planning.”

Ileg Tabio Arististe Parfait (31) & Brou Kouakou Jean Pacome (27), Extension Officers, Necaayo Cooperative

“We believe that training is the biggest bonus of UTZ certification. It involves more than just learning. We have fun, and the cocoa growers can have a chat.”

Victor Amani Kouame (40), cocoa grower from Allakro, Necaayo cooperative

“Thanks to the cooperation with Chocolat Frey, Necaayo is able to invest in our communities. Our cooperative supports us throughout the year and we receive the premium when money is in short supply in the summer.”

 
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