Annual Report 2020
Solidaridad reached 58,491 cocoa farmers with good agricultural practices and crop diversification approaches for income and livelihoods resilience. Forty-seven percent of them reported an increase in yield and income after improving their practices. Additionally, old and unproductive cocoa farms were rehabilitated using high-yielding hybrid seedlings integrated with shade trees for ecosystem enhancement.
Practical guidelines on responsible mining practices were deployed to 4,000 artisanal and small-scale miners via a digital tool – the Interactive Voice Response platform. Ten mines produced 109 kg of responsible gold while 118 women received training in occupational health and safety, environmental protection and responsible use of mercury; these contributed to addressing negative externalities associated with small-scale mining.
Over 12,400 trained oil palm farmers are applying best management practices on 26,996 ha of farmland. In Liberia, the average weight of fresh fruit bunches increased from 8.66 kg to 10.77 kg while yield increased from 1.17 tons/ha/yr to 9.27 tons/ha/yr. In Sierra Leone, 7,424 smallholder farmers have been identified for RSPO certification.
A deep dive
A holistic approach
In 2020, we continued our efforts to increase uptake of good agricultural practices, while also prioritizing the ambitions and livelihoods goals of smallholder farmers and miners. We worked across value chains to create locally appropriate and robust solutions.
Within each innovation area, we focused on applying tools based on farmers’ and miners’ real needs and priorities. We also integrated the approaches to maximize impact, sharing learnings across gender, digital and beyond.
Most significant changes
Integrating good practices in smallholder farm management
Smallholder farmers possess vast knowledge of traditional farming methods passed down from generations. However, they often lack the skills and knowledge of modern techniques that allow for intensification and increased productivity. In West Africa, Solidaridad’s work has been focusing on empowering smallholders to apply innovative solutions that improve their livelihoods while becoming better stewards of natural resources and the environment.
Service delivery SMEs boost production in West Africa
Over the last five years, Solidaridad West Africa has supported the establishment of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to deliver services that address poor farm management, high costs of labour and inputs, as well as inadequate financial and agricultural extension services in cocoa production.
Organization & governance
Across human resources, fundraising, PME, and communications, we continued to focus on supportive efforts to make our work with producers possible. From adapting HR policies in the Covid era, to farmer-centric communications, we worked collaboratively to achieve our targets.