Community development is characterised by a bottom-up process which is steered by a representative group of villagers including young farmers and women. Solidaridad initiates the creation of these village committees and supports them with making plans, implementation and monitoring. Community involvement, commitment and development is a precondition for smart and sustainable agriculture.
“Solidaridad’s mission is to bring supply chain actors together for innovative solutions in sustainable production. We want to help create a sustainable and inclusive economy that benefits everyone," said Ahmadou Cisse, Solidaridad West Africa's country representative for Cote d’Ivoire. “Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life programme wants to do the same thing with cocoa farming communities, so this is a perfect fit.”
About the programme
Cocoa Life aims to reach more than 200,000 farmers across six countries, benefitting more than a million people. Mondelez International's ultimate goal is to sustainably source all the company's cocoa supply, mainly via Cocoa Life. By working in partnership with farmers, NGOs, suppliers and government institutions, Cocoa Life answers Mondelez International's Call For Well-being, which urges employees, suppliers and community partners to join together to develop new approaches that can have a positive impact on the planet and its people. The Call For Well-being focuses on four key areas where the company can make the greatest impact: mindful snacking, sustainability, community and safety. Learn more about the programme at www.cocoalife.org/progress