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Nestlé Income Accelerator Programme (IAP)

This innovative intervention aims to tackle child labour, decrease poverty, promote diversification and push for more gender equality.

The Income Accelerator Programme (IAP) is a four-year program initiated by Nestlé and six of their traders aimed at increasing the income levels of 10,000 cocoa farming households in Côte d’Ivoire while reducing the prevalence and risk of child labor.

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KIT, along with Rainforest Alliance and ICI, will assess how this programme helps cocoa-farm-households economically and socially in Cote d’Ivoire.

The core of the programme is built around four annual cash transfers, that are conditional, to stimulate behavioural change. The money will be sent to farmers’ phones, with half going to the husband and half to the wife, allowing women to spend or invest the money as they see fit. Farmers can expect to receive almost €500 (CHF 500) a year if they meet the necessary conditions. For each of four conditions met, they will receive around €96. Those who meet all four conditions receive a €96 bonus. That adds up to a total of €481 a year, more than a fifth of the income of an average cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire, who, according to KIT’s research, earns around €2,100 a year.

The four conditions are:

  1. The adoption of good agricultural practices to stimulate cocoa production (i.e., pruning of cocoa trees) and reduce deforestation, prevalence of (cocoa-related) diseases and input costs;
  2. Income diversification through initiating new activities / expanding existing ones (outside cocoa), setting up VSLAs (Village Savings and Loan Associations) and providing technical trainings;
  3. Improving the rate of enrolment in schools of the children from participating households, and;
  4. Stimulating agro-forestry by planting shade- and fruit trees on cocoa plots and reducing land-clearing of forests through increased productivity from existing cocoa land. 

As the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) technical partner of the programme KIT is leading the following activities:

Publications

  • Nestlé Income Accelerator Program – Baseline report

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    Test at Scale Phase The Income Accelerator Program (IAP) aims to tackle key issues facing farm households in the cocoa sector – such as Living Income (LI) gap, child labor, and lack of women empowerment – by enhancing cocoa productivity, increasing additional income sources, improving gender equality, creating a professional labor force, and improving access […]

  • Nestlé Income Accelerator Program – Midline report of the Pilot Phase (2023)

    • Institute
    • Publication

    The Income Accelerator Program (IAP) aims to tackle key issues facing farm households in the cocoa sector – such as Living Income (LI) gap, child labor, and lack of women empowerment – by enhancing cocoa productivity, increasing additional income sources, improving gender equality, creating a professional labor force, and improving access to loans and savings. […]

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