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Improving Outreach of Cocoa Sustainability Programmes to Female Farmers in West Africa

As the gender partner of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), KIT is working on gender mainstreaming the WCF’s cocoa livelihood programme (CLP) in West Africa, while supporting cocoa industry and technical partners to improve their outreach to female cocoa farmers.

A combination of capacity building, data analysis and research have led to recommendations on how to integrate gender into phase 2 of the CLP.

Current development and results

Currently a tool box has been developed with and for industry partners to support them in identifying, piloting and upscaling gender strategies that fit their industry profile and sustainability objectives.

The work not only delivers recommendations, it also builds capacity within organisations to identify opportunities to improve gender equity with the development benefits that entails.

Services delivered

  • Applied Research & Knowledge Management

    As a knowledge institute, KIT compiles, analyses and develops new knowledge on health systems, sustainable economic development and gender, but also supports others in making active use of such knowledge. For example, KIT conducts significant frontrunner research on rising global issues such as youth employment, gender issues in the agricultural sector, and sexual reproductive health and rights. This enables KIT to broker grounded and actionable knowledge as advice to public and private sector organisations seeking to improve their development impact. It also allows for KIT’s convening role, bringing together different stakeholders and facilitating knowledge exchange and learning to support collaboration and innovation for impact. 

  • Data mapping & visualization