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Modelling Farmers Investment in Agrochemicals: The Experience of Smallholder Cocoa Farmers in Ghana, Danso-Abbeam, Gideon, and Setsoafia Edinam Dope , Research in Applied Economics , 09/2014, Volume 6, Issue 4, United States, p.27, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Modelling Farmers Investment in Agrochemicals: The Experience of Smallholder Cocoa Farmers in Ghana, Danso-Abbeam, Gideon, and Setsoafia Edinam Dope , Research in Applied Economics , 09/2014, Volume 6, Issue 4, United States, p.27, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
An Assessment of Investment in Technology in Cocoa Processing Industry in Nigeria, , Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development , 05/2014, Volume 5, Issue 10, Akure, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa Quality Index Proposal, .R, AraujoQ, and al FernandesC.A.F et , 05/2014, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Fertilizer use among Cocoa Farmers in Ghana: The case of the Sefwi Wiawso District, Nunoo, Isaac, Frimpong Benedicta Nsiah, and Frimpong Frederick Kwabena , Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (0) , (Practical Publication)

Impact of UTZ Certification of cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire: Assessment framework and baseline

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TitleImpact of UTZ Certification of cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire: Assessment framework and baseline
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsIngram, Verina, Waarts Yuca, Ge Lan, van Vugt Simone, Wegner Lucia, Puister-Jansen Linda, Ruf Francois, and Tanoh Roger
Date PublishedOctober 2014
InstitutionWageninge UR
CityDen Haag
Publication Languageenglish and french
Keywordsbaseline, certification, Cocoa, impact, Ivory Coast, utz
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Since 2008 UTZ Certified has implemented a programme in Ivory Coast to enhance sustainability in
the cocoa supply chain through the implementation of the UTZ Code of Conduct. The programme has
supported farmers who are members of the cooperatives receive training on farm management and
organisational capacity building, and become certified.
Starting off with four cooperatives, two traders and Solidaridad as partners, it has grown into a large
scale programme. By June 2012 86 cooperatives were certified, 44,624 farmers reached, and 128,582
tons of certified cocoa had been produced from an estimated farm area of 219,100 hectares. Eight
traders and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) are now partners, who are implementing
certification as part of broader activities to support cocoa farmers, their cooperatives and
communities. As of June 2013, a further 103 cooperatives were in the process of certification.
This report serves two purposes: it provides a baseline of farm-level situation as of mid-2013, which
can be used to measure changes in indicators in future impact assessments. It also provides an initial
assessment of impacts by comparing different groups of cocoa farmers. It provides information about
the inclusiveness of the UTZ Certified cocoa programme in Ivory Coast. It evaluates how
certification and related activities have affected farmers’ knowledge and implementation of good
agricultural practices, social and environmental issues in line with the UTZ Certified Code of Conduct
and assesses the added value of certification. Lessons learned are drawn from the results,
feeding recommendations to improve the quality and effectiveness of the programme.

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