In our cocoa work, we use a climate-smart agricultural value chain approach that improves access to inputs and technical resources, builds local capacity, expands post-harvest processing and provides better access to markets. export. We strongly believe in helping cocoa farmers and their families earn a living while increasing opportunities for women and youth. Through our work with extension training, sustainability research and the deployment of digital tools such as Cocoa Movilwe are reaching tens of thousands of new farmers with improved techniques and technologies.
Lutheran World Relief also leads cocoa programming for the Maximizing Opportunities in Coffee and Cocoa in the Americas (MOCCA) project, funded by USDA in a consortium led by Technoserve. In six Latin American countries, we use a market systems approach to promote cocoa production that focuses on increasing crop yields through agroforestry systems, improving cocoa quality, strengthening professional capacities of farmers and producer organizations and the facilitation of links between buyers and sellers.
By considering the potential of the cocoa and chocolate sectors to sustainably accelerate the growth of rural economies, our goal is to establish inclusive and fair market practices that feed families, increase incomes for climate-smart farmers and reduce poverty. .