Millions of smallholder farmers around the world depend on cocoa and coffee for their livelihoods. Yet they face significant constraints due to climate change, pest and diseases, and inadequate access to planting materials and other farm inputs. They frequently are price-takers, and do not have ready access to market information or finances. Cocoa and coffee production continue to be a driver for deforestation. While largely traded as a commodity, there is heightened interest in sustainably produced, differentiated superior quality cocoa and coffee that also provide a living income for farmers.
The Alliance, working together with stakeholders across the value chains, are addressing these constraints and opportunities in innovative ways.