Reducing vulnerability to climate change: new project in Côte d’Ivoire
SOCODEVI will be supporting the sustainable development of the cocoa sector network by reducing the vulnerability of 3, 000 Côte d’Ivoire cocoa producers to climate change as part of a new mandate granted by the Government of Quebec.
This climate cooperation project is an additional opportunity to contribute to the achievement of the global sustainable development goals. “We will be working on creating more resilient production systems. In concrete terms, we will be assisting producers who are members of agricultural cooperatives in adopting better adapted agricultural techniques and practices that will then help them increase their productivity and their incomes, two key factors that determine the living conditions of rural families in developing countries,” said Richard Lacasse, SOCODEVI’s executive director.
Côte d’Ivoire, cocoa and climate change
The world’s leading producer and exporter of cocoa, Côte d’Ivoire is also one of the poorest regions in the world. More than a third of cocoa production comes from some 600,000 small family farms.
These farming families face many challenges, including climate change, which reduces the productivity of their plots of land and increases the vulnerability of their plantations to pests and diseases. “With few resources to predict, mitigate, and adapt to climate change, families have difficulty implementing agroforestry practises that are adapted to the changing climate,” says Renée Brunelle, SOCODEVI’s Environmental Advisor.
Note that SOCODEVI’s programming in Côte d’Ivoire also includes the MOCA project, an initiative aimed at improving the performance of participants in the cocoa value chain from the Abengourou, Daloa and Soubré regions. The project is conducted in partnership with an American NGO.