Cocoa Cloud

The cocoa sector is particularly sensitive to climate change-related disruption. Without adaptation, economic losses are predicted to reach USD $1.14bn per year for this single sector. As a result, companies along the entire value chain have targeted the region as a focus for tech-driven, sustainable intensification to jointly address productivity challenges, deforestation and requirements for better livelihoods and working conditions.

The challenges

In West Africa, the lack of easily accessible and accurate weather data is a paramount concern given the exposure of the region to climate change-related disruptions in the present and near future. In key growing areas of the region, 1.5 million farming households aren’t able to make fully-informed and data-driven agricultural management decisions.

The work

The CocoaCloud project seeks to fill this knowledge gap through a five-year pre-competitive data platform. Data is collected from ground sensors disseminated all across the region. CocoaCloud sends local weather forecasts and farm management alerts based on agronomic algorithms and location data. The platform also allows exchanges of knowledge and feedback between farmers and extension services. Extension training and support, along with capacity-building workshops, optimize platform’s use by farmers.

Improvements in extension services, whether applied to agri-inputs, general agronomy or early warning systems for extreme weather, are increasing the productivity and climate resilience in the West African cocoa landscape. NGOs and donors also benefit from this project since it enhances the impact of existing and planned programs that address disaster risk and health issues.

The work

The CocoaCloud project seeks to fill this knowledge gap through a five-year pre-competitive data platform. Data is collected from ground sensors disseminated all across the region. CocoaCloud sends local weather forecasts and farm management alerts based on agronomic algorithms and location data. The platform also allows exchanges of knowledge and feedback between farmers and extension services. Extension training and support, along with capacity-building workshops, optimize platform’s use by farmers.

Improvements in extension services, whether applied to agri-inputs, general agronomy or early warning systems for extreme weather, are increasing the productivity and climate resilience in the West African cocoa landscape. NGOs and donors also benefit from this project since it enhances the impact of existing and planned programs that address disaster risk and health issues.

The participants

The partner organizations involved in the CocoaCloud include the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Opus Insights, OLAM Kellogg, Barry Callebaut, PwC, Diageo, Yara, Syngenta, Mondelez, and ECOM.

The outcomes

Today, CocoaCloud supports 7,500 cocoa farmers, community members and extension workers in Western Region, Ghana. The target is to make data available for more than 1 million smallholder farmers in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire by 2024, and thus to increase, income and livelihoods for years to come.

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