Women’s leadership in Cocoa Life communities

Emerging best practices of women’s leadership within cocoa farming in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire

This report of an extensive review of the Cocoa Life program’s approach to promoting women’s leadership within cocoa farming in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire found that the program’s interventions are having a positive effect on women’s agency, including: enabling women to have greater access to and control over productive and financial resources; strengthening women’s ability to become community leaders and role models in the community; providing structures and processes that enhance the voice and participation of women.

The peer-to-peer learning review was commissioned by Mondelēz International and carried out by CARE International. The review used the CARE gender equality framework to assess the Cocoa Life program for its impact in building agency, changing relations, and transforming structures. The Cocoa Life program in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire is a partnership between Mondelēz International and CARE.

  • Countries: Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana
  • Co-authors: Mondelēz International
  • Published: October 2016

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