Cocoa Life in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the world’s tenth-largest producer of cocoa and is a leading producer and exporter of organic cocoa. Cocoa Life has been active in the Dominican Republic since 2016, and has been building on established partnerships since 2011. Here there are 1,489 farmers from 33 communities participating in Cocoa Life.

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Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
1,489
Farmers currently participating in Cocoa Life
Cocoa Life active in country since
2016
33
Cocoa Life communities
Dominican Republic

"I have seen a great improvement in the livelihoods of our Cocoa Life communities thanks to their teamwork and innovation. A great example is the foundation of Self Savings and Loans Groups where women make up 86% of membership. Thanks to our new partner, Fuparoca, our work now encompasses most of the cocoa-growing area of Dominican Republic. This is fantastic, and we hope to continue expanding our footprint and positive impact in the future."

David Preece, Cocoa Life’s Country lead for Dominican Republic

David Preece

2021 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PROGRESS DASHBOARD

This dashboard demonstrates the scale achieved by the end of 2021 and how Cocoa Life is making progress in its key cocoa origin countries. Cocoa Life monitors the below indicators under three areas of intervention, which we put in place with our partners.

Sustainable cocoa farming businesses
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Farmers trained, coached or having a farm development plan on Good Agricultural Practices
1,489
Cocoa seedlings distributed
325,216
Nurseries
4
Cocoa-farming demonstration plots
36
Youth trained on cocoa-related enterprises1
269

1. Youth is the age range from 18-35 in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, and 15-24 in Indonesia. 
Cocoa communities are empowered and inclusive
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Communities with a CODEC and Community Action Plan activated2
17
CAP projects completed in communities
5
Community members trained on gender awareness
44
Village Savings and Loan Associations operational
7
Community members who participate in VSLAs
0
VSLAs linked to finance institutions
1
Community members trained on financial literacy
708
Community members trained on business management
988
Community members involved in additional Income Generating Activities
683
Community members and farmers educated on issues of child labor and forced child labor
1,669
Communities with Child Protection Committees
0
Communities with a Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System or equivalent
0

2. A committee elected by the communtiy develops and presents the plans. 
Forests are conserved & restored
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Community members & farmers trained on Good Environmental Practices
1,508
Economic shade trees distributed
50,520
Farms mapped & monitored
2,817
About the Dashboard
Cocoa Life routinely collects monitoring data from our partners as part of the ongoing review of program performance at the local level, so we can apply learnings to improve program outcomes in the future.