Recognizing the need to provide technical assistance to Ecuadorian cocoa producers, the USDA awarded ACDI/VOCA a 4-year, $5 million Food for Progress project to promote increased cocoa production through farmer training, tree rehabilitation and the development and strengthening of farmer associations. ACDI/VOCA, USDA and the World Cocoa Foundation partnered to form the SUCCESS Alliance project in Ecuador as part of a global network of ACDI/VOCA-supported SUCCESS Alliance projects. The project began in 2004; in February 2008 ACDI/VOCA received an additional $440,000 from USDA to continue the highly successful program until 2009.
Through the SUCCESS Alliance, ACDI/VOCA and its local partners implemented farmer field school (FFS) training for more than 21,000 cocoa producers to enable them to increase cocoa production through improved disease control, crop husbandry and post-harvest processing techniques. The project also established and expanded existing cocoa tree nurseries in order to replace the older, unproductive trees found on most smallholder farms. During the life of the project, farmers planted and maintained 1 million new cocoa trees, and ACDI/VOCA and its partners strengthened or developed 7 cocoa marketing associations.
|Location||Ecuador, Latin America and Caribbean|
|Value||USD 5.44 Million|