Measuring Our Impact
To clearly demonstrate how Cocoa Care programs deliver real sustainable benefits to cocoa farming families, the Cocoa Care monitoring team collects productivity, quality and pest and disease data every 2 weeks from farms within our programs.
Farm data collected since June 2013, from Cocoa Care farms is clearly showing very significant improvements in both farm productivity and quality, with many farms seeing more than double output from last year.
By performing GAP (good agricultural practices) and applying fertilizer at the right rate, right time and right place, farmers are seeing significant improvements compared to pre-program conditions.
Within the first 3 months, farmers can already see improvements simply by implementing GAP techniques learned in training and applying correct fertilizer rates. All Cocoa Care farmers are visibly excited about the improvements they can see in their farm conditions and which has rekindled their faith in cocoa. They are all very clearly motivated by the number of cocoa flower and cocoa pods they can now see on their trees.
Farmers with additional farms not involved in Cocoa Care programs are beginning to implement GAP and applying fertilizer at their own expense based on what they have learned. Their neighbors are also asking them how they can join Cocoa Care and become successful cocoa farmers.
Farm Productivity Report:
It is extremely encouraging to see the significant increase in annual production by applying routine GAP along with correct fertilizer application rates and methods.
Some farmers had already exceeded their previous year harvest after just 7 months of applying GAP and fertilizer.
- Blue columns show the farmer estimates of their productivity from their farm prior to joining Cocoa Care.
- Orange columns reflect the actual productivity of the sample areas in each farm (those with correct fertilizer application & GAP) to date. The orange columns will continue to rise as we complete the main harvest season of 2014.
Dry Bean Harvest Report:
This report shows the actual kilograms of cocoa beans harvested per tree from the samples areas where GAP has been applied but no fertilizer (Green) and areas where both GAP and fertilizer has been applied (Blue).
The big peak in May and June is a result of the main harvest period. Farmers have been excited to see for themselves how much more productivity they can get by applying fertilizer, GAP and managing their soil with compost.
It is also interesting to note that the period between November - March is very significant as most farmers harvest nothing during this time. Well managed farms however, as shown in the chart, will continue to harvest during this low season.
Pest & Disease Report:
There is a significant decrease in the effects of cocoa pod borer (CPB) as demonstrated in this report.
Category A is defined as pods with no CPB present & no CPB effect in the cocoa pods.
- The blue lines show the percentage of Category A, CPB free pods, harvested from the samples areas that have been treated with both GAP & good soil management.
- The green lines show the percentage of of Category A, CPB free pods, harvested from the areas that have been treated with GAP only.
Data collected from farmers involved in the IPNI Cocoa Care soil rehabilitation / sustainable intensification program.
Complete post-harvest reports are still pending the completion of the main crop.