Cocoa program – Regional Africa and STCP – Ivory Coast
The program to strengthen organizations of producers of perennial crops (PPROP CP) was carried out in partnership with the Sustainable Tree Crops Program (STCP) established in 2000.
The STCP mission is to develop and publicize solutions customized to counter the development constraints afflicting perennial crops (cashews, palm oil, cocoa) in West and Central Africa (Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon).
The STCP is one of the first public-private partnerships in West and Central Africa. It includes development agencies (USAID at $1 million per year in particular), major chocolate manufacturers within the World Cocoa Foundation (Mars, Nestlé, Kraft at $1 million per year), agricultural producer organizations (OPA), national governments, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and international cooperation organizations such as SOCODEVI.
Based on the results obtained during the first phase, the STCP members agreed to undertake a second 5-year phase that stared in 2007. The goal was, to a certain extent, to continue development of innovative techniques designed to achieve the program goal and then to disseminate the lessons learned during the pilot project phase.
The PPROP CP program to strengthen organizations of producers of perennial crops was designed to carry out two initiatives: