Countries: Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana
Client(s): World Cocoa Foundation
Services: Capacity Building, ICTs in Education
Expertise: Child Labor and Trafficking Prevention, Sustainable Agriculture/Food Security, Information and Communication Technologies
Farmers in remote locations do not always receive the farmer extension services provided by the local government because of the limited reach of the extension services and inability of these farmers to access the services. In response, World Education – with funding support from Hershey’s and World Cocoa Foundation – developed CocoaLink, which uses mobile technology to communicate practical, timely, and important agricultural and social information to cocoa farmers in Ghana. Through Cocoalink, farmer extension services are delivered to cocoa farmers through a cost-effective and feasible mechanism that enables cocoa farmers to request and obtain timely farming, social, health, and marketing information to improve their incomes and livelihoods.
By December 2012, the program had reached more than 9,700 cocoa farmers across five of the six cocoa-growing regions in Ghana and is estimated to reach over 100,000 cocoa farmers by 2014. Furthermore, the project pilots a mobile phone-based monitoring system to track, analyze, and share improvements and results across communities. This program was expanded to Cote d’Ivoire in Spring 2013.
Read about CocoaLink in the UN magazine, Africa Wired