The United Nations has made 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. Around 500 million people worldwide directly depend on family farming for their livelihoods, and family farmers are responsible for more than half of all global agricultural production.
The photographs below offer an insight into the lives of UTZ certified cocoa farmers from Côte d’Ivoire, where there are many thousands of small family run cocoa farms. Most UTZ certified cocoa comes from farms that are smaller than two hectares.
Cocoa farming faces many challenges – which you can read about in our previous blogs – but sustainability programs like UTZ Certified have a big role to play in enabling farmers to create better opportunities for themselves and their children.
Click on the photos to open a slideshow and find out more about family farming in Côte d’Ivoire.
The UN has declared 2014 the Year of Family Farming, to raise awareness of the importance of family farms. Tiene Maximin, seen here with his wife and child, is a cocoa farmer at the Lara1-NANDO Cooperative in Adjamé near San Pedro in Côte d’Ivoire.
There are more than 500 million family farms worldwide.
Around a third of the world’s cocoa comes from Côte d’Ivoire, mostly grown on small family farms. Brightly colored cocoa pods like these grow on trees, before being cut down and collected by farmers.
Most UTZ certified cocoa comes from farms that are smaller than two hectares.
Through training, farmers improve the output of their farms and therefore increase their incomes.
Meet Fofona Danon. He became a cocoa farmer in 2005, and at first he learned through trial and error. Since joining the UTZ program as part of the CINPA Cooperative, he has seen the productivity of his farm go up. Learn more about Fofana Danon and the CINPA Cooperative here
“Attending the Farmer Field School training has helped me to increase my yields, and my children are able to attend school because of the premium” – Fofana Danon.
Women are at the center of many family farming households. This family lives in Petit Bouaké, a village near the city of Soubré in Côte d’Ivoire.
The UTZ program emphasizes the importance of education, leading to better opportunities for children. These children live in Petit Bouaké, a village near the city of Soubré in Côte d’Ivoire. Their parents are part of the NOCAAP Cooperative. Find out more about the Cooperative here
This is Sawadogo Adama, who is part of the CINPA Cooperative in Agboville. He has been a cocoa farmer for over 40 years and joined UTZ some years ago. He has two sons: Mahamadoy is also a cocoa farmer, and Moussa is the President of the Cooperative. Click here
to learn more about Sawadago Adama and the CINPA Cooperative.
“The biggest thing I have learned from UTZ is how to renew my older cocoa farm. Starting a new farm is very expensive, labor intensive and requires two years waiting for a new crop. The grafting technique taught at the Farmer Field School makes it possible to make older trees productive again”.
– Sawadago Adama. Find out more about this technique here
All photos taken by Nabil Zorkot. Copyright UTZ Certified.