In 2021, we trained 8,035 cocoa farmers in good agricultural practices, improved farm management and diversification approaches to enhance productivity. Additionally, 641,358 cocoa seedlings were raised, out of which 638,318 covering 982 hectares were distributed to 928 farmers for planting to improve their livelihoods. To promote value addition in the Liberian cocoa sector, Solidaridad integrated the Women Agri-Vocational and Entrepreneurship concept into its programme with 45 rural women’s groups, adding value to their cocoa beans production.
Over 1,250 artisanal mill operators and processors received training to improve the quality and quantity of palm oil. 187,000 out of 223,000 improved seedlings raised were distributed. In Ghana, a new project was co-designed with AngloGold Ashanti to reclaim degraded mine sites with oil palm trees. In Liberia, we supported the RSPO National Interpretation, which was endorsed and declared effective by the Board of Governors. Over 500 youth learners received competency-based training in oil palm, of which 75 were assisted to start micro enterprises and five obtained employment in various enterprises. In Côte d’Ivoire, we held the maiden training of 11 women from four farmers cooperatives in leadership and group management.
A total of 15 artisanal and small-scale mines improved their working conditions after Solidaridad trained them to operate responsibly in line with the CRAFT Code. Through Solidaridad’s advocacy, key components of the CRAFT Code have been incorporated into Ghana’s Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Regulatory Framework for a nationwide adoption by miners. In Ghana, a memorandum was signed with the University of Mines and Technology to improve research on ASM and improve the delivery of technical knowledge to miners. About 130 women were empowered with business management and entrepreneurship skills to enhance their access to finance through the Village Savings and Loan Associations scheme.
Moving the needle
Making progress towards fair and sustainable supply chains
In 2021, we continued our work with producers across oil palm, gold, and cocoa with training on good practices and support for better policies and access to markets. In addition, we helped more farmers access digital solutions and supported children to move out of child labour situations.
Most Significant Changes
SEEING IS DOING FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN NIGERIA
In 2021, 242 demonstration farms have been established in Nigeria to support farmers in different communities to support smallholder fruits and vegetable farmers. Following weeks of observations in field demonstration farms, they are adapting climate-smart agricultural practices.
CREATING LEADERS, ONE WOMAN AT A TIME
Through the Cocoa Life programme, Solidaridad amplifies women’s voices and empowers them to take proactive roles in leadership in their communities.
FROM BARE TO GREEN: COMMUNITY AFFORESTATION EFFORTS RESTORE DEGRADED LANDSCAPES
Over 400 acres of degraded lands in 19 communities across the Bono, Bono East and Western North regions in Ghana have been restored through various initiatives, such as the establishment of cashew and tree plantations, woodlots and watershed management.
Innovating for change
How digital solutions are transforming supply chains
Our work with Interactive Voice Response, traceability solutions, and other digital tools continued this year, showing positive results for the producers involved. Farmers and miners were able to more easily report and self-assess, and to access valuable information.
Organization & governance
A positive environment for learning and collaboration
In 2021, we supported staff by continued to offer appropriate virtual options in the face of the ongoing pandemic, while also creating opportunities to meet and exchange learning and build strong partnerships.
Actual income in 2021 amounted to 12.6 million Euros. This amount originates in a grant revenue of 12.4 and other income of 0.2m Euros. Out of the total income secured for 2021, 85 million Euros was generated through regional efforts and 4.1 million Euros through other Solidaridad’s entities. Total revenue decreased from 16.4 million in 2020 to 12.6 million euros in 2021, representing a reduction of 23%. This is largely related to the end of grant contracts for cocoa and climate change-related programmes. Income from private sector companies increased by 17% (1.6 million Euros) from 2020 to 2021. This is largely due to the strong relationship with Mondelez in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.
Total programme expenditure for 2021 amounted to 12.3 million Euros. This represents a reduction of 23%, compared to 16.4 million Euros in 2021. Out of the expenditure of 12.6 million Euros, staff cost constituted 20% (2.5 million Euros). Staff costs decreased by 21% from 3.1 million Euros to 2.5 million Euros. The decrease is largely due to the fact that some grant contracts ended in 2021 which resulted in a reduction of the number of programme staff. Partner and activity costs represent 79% in the amount of 9.9 million Euros of the total expenditure of 12.6m Euros.
Out of the total expenditure of 12.6 million Euros, 76% was invested in cocoa and oil palm programmes and the remaining went into food security and climate-related interventions.
Overall expenditure of 12.6 million Euros in 2021 was lower than budgeted expenditure of 15.4 million Euros, representing a burn rate of 81%.
We ended the year with a deficit of 0.56 million Euros.
The audited financial accounts can be accessed here: Solidaridad Network West Africa