Income and premium assessments for smallholder cocoa farmers in West Africa

This Fairtrade initiative aimed to assess the incomes of cocoa producers and how Fairtrade premiums were reaching individual producers in the world’s highest cocoa-producing nation, Cote d’Ivoire.

A FARMER DRIES HIS COCOA BEANS IN COTE D'IVOIRE

A FARMER DRIES HIS COCOA BEANS IN COTE D'IVOIRE

For this project, GeoTraceability partnered with the Committee on Sustainable Assessment (COSA), who are experts in designing research methodologies, to create a technical data collection framework which would enable Fairtrade to gather, process, host and visualize information which could effectively assess producer incomes and premium flows.

Using GeoTraceability’s mobile data collection solutions, Fairtrade was able to collect data on over 3,400 smallholder cocoa farmers and 21 cooperatives in Cote d’Ivoire, in just three months.

On reviewing GeoTraceability’s involvement with this project, Hannah Hobden, Project Manager for GeoTraceability, said: “This project demonstrates that large quantities of data can be collected quickly and efficiently using our mobile applications.

“In less than three months, a substantial amount of data was collected by people who had never before even used mobile phone applications. I think this was a valuable achievement for Fairtrade and its initiatives.”