Van Delft Chocolates & Bakery believes it is important to make a meaningful impact on the well-being of cocoa farmers and their communities.About Van Delft
Cocao Horizons' goal is to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities by promoting sustainable, entrepreneurial agriculture, improved productivity and community development that protects nature and children.
Cocoa is mostly produced by small farmers in remote areas around the equator. Most of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa, an area facing major sustainability challenges; limited knowledge and understanding of good agricultural practices; aging farms and depleted land; the unpredictable effects of climate change; and a lack of funding opportunities to invest in productivity activities.
Cocoa communities often lack basic infrastructure and services, including schools, vocational training, access to safe water and basic health services. Gender imbalances also impact the sustainability of cocoa farming communities, with women having limited opportunities to build skills and generate income.
Continuous improvement and assistance
Through Cocoa Horizons, farm data is collected to understand the unique needs of each farmer, to develop customized business plans to improve livelihoods and to measure the impact of activities funded by the Cocoa Horizons Foundation. Impact data is reviewed annually to ensure that the Cocoa Horizons methodology prescribes the best approach to building self-sustaining farming communities that protect nature and children. If the expected impact is not realized, the Cocoa Horizons Foundation will continuously improve its approach to meet its productivity, community and environmental commitments.
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