In 2006, ACDI/VOCA launched SUCCESS Alliance Phase II—the 3-year, $2.6 million, USDA-funded program to improve cocoa production and marketing linkages. The program expanded upon past achievements, by focusing on improved cocoa production and strengthening the value chain for cocoa stakeholders. ACDI/VOCA achieved this through activities that deliver farmer training and extension, established post-harvest processing sites, built capacity in nursery plant production, rehabilitated old cocoa trees and established internationally acceptable cocoa bean quality standards. The project focused in promoting the opportunities and participation of smallholder farmers in the cocoa value chain as a means of poverty reduction and economic growth.
ACDI/VOCA implemented training and extension activities in six areas: northern and southern Luzon, Panay, Palawan, western Mindanao and Davao. The program developed 99 farmers as training facilitators through training-of-trainers sessions. SUCCESS Alliance has also provided farmer training at the provincial level to more than 10,000 farmers. Training topics included crop husbandry, integrated pest and disease management, side-grafting, soil health, farm management, post-harvest handling and marketing. SUCCESS Alliance and local partner CocoaPhil conducted trainings and assisted in the grafting of over 350,000 cocoa trees with the goal of reaching 400,000 cocoa trees owned by 800 farmers, primarily in southern and western Mindanao. The goal was to grow high-quality cocoa with an eye on mitigating pest infestation, especially by the cocoa pod borer, which has severely affected cocoa-producing countries in Southeast Asia.
|Location||Philippines, East Asia and Pacific|
|Value||USD 2.6 Million|