The Rainforest Alliance’s Africa Cocoa Fund (ACF) is a three-year, $5 million fund to support cocoa farmers and help preserve the local landscapes in West and Central Africa.
It aims to create measurable, long-lasting positive impact by building the capacity of those certified cocoa farmers who most need assistance to implement our certification standards for sustainable agriculture.
The ACF will also support select sustainability projects for cocoa farmers and their landscapes beyond their certification requirements, to achieve further positive impact.
During this first call for applications they will distribute $500,000 out of the total $5 million fund.
Eligible interventions fall into two categories of primary and secondary focus:
Category A – Primary Focus
Digitization of Internal Management System (IMS) and traceability system: creating and maintaining records in digital format to increase trustworthiness and reliability of records, developing capacity for data analysis to enhance performance of the group, enabling groups to overcome quality and business challenges by making decisions backed by data and with cross-functional visibility.
Agroforestry and shade implementation: estimating and implementing materials to meet the shade requirements, farm rejuvenation and forests restoration activities
Category B – Secondary Focus
Skill development: coaching and negotiations, local advocacy, IMS and personal development
Landscape level issues: linking certification to landscape and communities, including contribution of tree ownership to increased use of shade trees Data-driven innovative solutions and scale up of integrated pest management, soil health and other climate-smart strategies
Living income: proof of concept about paying living income to farmers
Terms and Conditions
There will be additional calls for applications in 2021 and 2022. A producer group or cooperative can receive maximum two ACF grants during the lifetime of the fund (but not more than one grant per one call for applications).
They expect a maximum of 10 awards this round.
Apply by 30th September.
For more information and application details, see; Africa Cocoa Fund to Support Cocoa Farmers in West and Central Africa
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