SCOPEinsight research demonstrates encouraging results on professionalizing cooperatives in Cargill’s latest Cocoa Promise report

Did you know SCOPEinsight has been working together with Cargill to professionalize cocoa cooperatives in Ivory Coast for over four years? Cargill sees professional farmer organizations as a key pathway to long-term cocoa sustainability. The COOP Academy, one of Cargill’s large-scale programs, was launched in 2013 in partnership with SCOPEinsight, the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) and TechnoServe. As part of this program farmer cooperatives were assessed with the SCOPEinsight tools, trained, coached and reassessed; a novel approach that is built around continuous improvement and the scaling of impact.

Research by SCOPEinsight based on comprehensive assessment data demonstrates encouraging results at the cooperative level, which are highlighted in the 2016/2017 Cocoa Promise Report.

“The results are encouraging. Of the 78 cooperatives assessed so far, 28 have been found to be operating at a professional level compared to just five before the project. (…) We intend to leverage our experience in Côte d’Ivoire to build effective sourcing models in Ghana and Cameroon”

We are very proud to be part of this joint pathway towards professionalizing cooperatives with Cargill and look forward to the road ahead. The COOP Academy in Ivory Coast has provided many learnings and best practices that can set an example for other programs in farmer aggregation and the scaling of such programs in other countries. As mentioned in the report: around 200 more cooperatives will benefit from involvement in the Coop Academy across Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon by 2018.

SCOPEinsight and Cargill are planning on providing more insights into professionalizing farmer cooperatives together online. Stay tuned!