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Côte d'Ivoire
Unnamed Road Vallee du Bandama CI

During the three-month Phase 1 Feasibility Study, the Rainforest Alliance produced a flexible and robust investment decision-making tool based on farm-level economics that shows the cost and benefits of implementing cocoa farm R&R practices. This analysis shows that investment loans for cocoa farm R&R are possible with no loss of income to the farmers and can be repaid through the resulting increase in productivity and revenue. With the use of this tool, development professionals, investors, lenders and cocoa industry stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire can better understand the investment required and discuss opportunities for the implementation of a large-scale investment loan vehicle for intervention.  This project is Phase 1 of a potential long-term project to increase access to finance for cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa by the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Finance Initiative. Future phases of the project aim to design and test loan delivery mechanisms, conduct a pilot investment and develop and fund an investment vehicle.

Lead organization:
Rainforest Alliance
Study sector:
Agriculture
Agriculture focus:
Cocoa
Certification:
Rainforest Alliance
Study type:
Context or baseline assessment, Other
Study design & methods:
Quantitative collection and analysis methods
Study scope:
Economic issues
Primary Research Funders:
Rainforest Alliance
Name of lead contact:
Michelle Buckles