Project profile — Women and Cocoa Communities Initiative (WCCI)


SOCODEVI-FPGL (Consortium) (CA-CRA_ACR-3104918610)
2022-03-10 - 2027-02-20
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Côte d'Ivoire (100.00%)


• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (2.50%)
Family planning (13030) (2.50%)
• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (45.00%)
Agricultural financial services (31193) (15.00%)
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (35.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (significant objective)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


This project aims to improve living conditions in rural cocoa communities in Côte d’Ivoire, especially those of women and young girls. Project activities include the following: (1) raising awareness among, training and supporting women producers in terms of starting and strengthening small businesses and cooperatives; (2) making it easier for them to access credit and agricultural insurance; and (3) increasing climate change resilience through tree nurseries and sound agroforestry practices. The financing approach allows for a large amount of responsible private investments to be mobilized from cocoa companies, complementing Canadian development assistance. It is innovative and part of a fair-trade approach in the cocoa industry.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased socio-economic empowerment of women and young girls in the targeted rural cocoa communities; (2) improved performance of the Fédération nationale des femmes productrices de café et de cacao, cocoa cooperatives and women’s associations in delivering products and services that meet their members’ needs in terms of adapting to climate change, especially women and young girls; and (3) increased resilience of the targeted rural cocoa communities and their food systems, especially women, to climate change and socio-economic shocks.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $3,470,000
Planned disbursement $3,129,469
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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