Project profile — Agroemprende Cacao



Overview 

CA-3-D004986001
$19,500,000
SOCODEVI - Canadian Cooperation Society for International Development (CA-CRA_ACR-3104918610)
2019-03-26 - 2025-03-31
Operational
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Colombia (99.44%)
• Developing countries, unspecified (0.56%)

Sector 

• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (34.80%)
Agricultural land resources (31130) (14.92%)
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (49.72%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Sectors not specified (99810) (0.56%)

Policy marker 

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

Description 

This project aims to create sustainable livelihood alternatives to illicit coca production by increasing the incomes of women and men smallholder farmers of cacao. It seeks to help 5,000 families expand new areas of climate resilient cacao crops as a substitute for illicit coca and become “agropreneurs” or entrepreneurs who use agriculture to build a business.Project activities include: (1) providing technical assistance to participating families to improve productivity and increase the quality of cacao crops; (2) providing training to cacao smallholders and cacao cooperatives to increase women empowerment and access to resources; and (3) establishing measures and policies improving the management and performances of cacao cooperatives. The project actively promotes women's empowerment and their participation in the cacao production by helping them access land titles, addressing gender violence and building their leadership skills. The project actively promotes women's empowerment and their participation in the cacao production by helping them access land titles, addressing gender violence and building their leadership skills. The project is leveraging co-financing from private sector companies to increase the total value of the project value of $36.6M.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved productivity and climate resilience of family-owned cacao farms in which women have better access and control over natural and economic resources; (2) increased profitability of cooperative enterprises in which women have an increased participation; and (3) improved entrepreneurial environment for the cocoa value chain, favouring the participation of women.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) secured $20 million in co-financing from other organizations out of the $18.3 million target; (2) achieved a household productivity of 29%, out of the 30% end-of project target; (3) adoption of a gender equality plan by all 40 associations; (4) 92.5% of associations reached a minimum of 30% women representation on decision bodies, out of the 80% end of project target; (5) 60% of women supported demonstrated increased empowerment, out of the 80% end-of project target; (6) managed 2,300 new and renovated hectares of cacao plantation under an Agroforestry System met the national standards out of the 3,300 hectares end-of-project target; (7) increased the volume of cacao sold to buyers through the Associations by 39%, surpassing the 25% end-of-project target; (8) increased the Associations total sales by 60%, surpassing the 20% end-of-project target; (9) improved productivity and climate resilience of family-owned cacao farms in which women have better access to and control over natural and economic resources; (10) increased profitability of cooperative enterprises in which women have an increased participation; and (11) improved business environment for the cacao value chain, favouring the participation of women.

Budget and spending 


Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $2,241,134
Transactions
Transaction Date Type Value
12-04-2024 Disbursement $814,555
15-05-2024 Disbursement $200,000
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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