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SSAB Cocoa

Sustainable Cocoa Business, the precursor of SSAB, has developed the Farmer Business School (FBS) approach with local partners in 2010. Until now, 700 specialized FBS trainers from partners have trained 480,679 smallholders (thereof 142,149 women). Over 196,279 smallholders (31% women) have received GAP training for cocoa and food production. 31 Business Service Centers have served over 158,000 clients with inputs, technical services and financial services. 52% of FBS graduates opened saving accounts. 41% received loans for cocoa or food production. 40% of trained groups registered producer organizations. In Nigeria, 6 new producer federations (>98,000 members) emerged from FBS trainings. Average cocoa yields increased by 59% (baseline 348 kg/ha). Maize yields have reached in average 2.01 t/ha (106% increase). The annual income from non-cocoa products alone is between 668 and 3,581 USD (Baseline: 54 to 165USD per household; Togo).


Cameroon
Duration: 2009-2018
  • 100,739 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 28,397 women (28%).
  • 26% of FBS graduates opened savings accounts.
  • 57% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice and post-harvest methods for cocoa.
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 41% and 85%
Côte d’Ivoire
Duration: 2009-2018
  • 102,097 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 20,813 women (20%%).
  • 87% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice and post-harvest methods for cocoa.
  • Cocoa yields have increased by 91%.
Ghana
Duration: 2009-2018
  • 166,759 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 53,048 women (32%).
  • 63% of FBS graduates opened saving accounts.
  • 36% of trained groups registered producer organizations
  • 84% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice and post-harvest methods for cocoa. 
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 16% and 19%.
Nigeria
Duration: 2009-2018
  • 102,929 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 37,513 women (36%).
  • 97% of FBS graduates opened saving accounts.
  • 41% of trained farmers received loans for cocoa or food production.
  • 39% of trained groups registered producer organizations.
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 90% and 120%.
Togo
Duration: 2014-2018
  • 8,155 farmers trained in FBS since 2015. Thereof 1,562 women (19%).
  • 41% of FBS graduates opened savings accounts.
  • 27% received loans for cocoa and food production.
  • 57% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice methods for cocoa.
  • Due to bad weather conditions in the survey year 2017, cocoa and maize yield have not changed compared to 2014. In addition, there is still no recognized  formula for mineral fertilizer available.