Cocoa Life is dedicated to making an impact across the cocoa supply chain—not just in farming communities, but also in the chocolate you enjoy.

In addition to publishing our progress every year, we engage FLOCERT and Ipsos to verify Cocoa Life is accomplishing what we set out to do. It allows us to learn what works and what we can improve.

Our Progress

We hold ourselves accountable for creating real change in cocoa-growing communities. By 2022, Cocoa Life aims to reach 200,000 farmers and one million community members. This will help us reach our goal to source cocoa for all of Mondelēz International's chocolate brands from Cocoa Life by 2025. In this way consumers across the world can be confident that the brands they love are made the right way.

By the end of 2019:
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    Cocoa Life reached
    cocoa farmers

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    of Mondelēz International’s chocolate sourced cocoa through Cocoa Life

We recognize that change takes time. But one thing is certain — we are committed to our holistic approach to grow opportunities for our cocoa communities.

Read about our progress

This dashboard demonstrates the scale achieved by the end of 2019 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
Cocoa seedlings distributed
Cocoa-farming demonstration plots
Youth trained on cocoa-related enterprises1

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

2. A committee elected by the communtiy develops and presents the plans. 
Conserved and restored forests
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Community members & farmers trained on Good Environmental Practices
Economic shade trees distributed
Farms mapped & monitored
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.

Cocoa Life uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure how effectively we are achieving our business objectives and fulfilling our commitment to our focus areas.

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    • cocoa income Net income from cocoa
    • cocoa productivity Cocoa productivity
  • Community
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    • women's participation Increase in women's participation in decision-making process
    • plan development Increase capacity in the community to plan and advocate for their own social development
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    • net income Net income from sources other than cocoa
    • cocoa farmers Cocoa farmers’ reduced vulnerability to external shocks
  • Youth
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    • child labor reduction Reduction in child labor and forced child labor
    • career opportunity increase Increase in career opportunities for youth in cocoa sector
  • Environment
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    • sustainable natural resources Helping future farming generations through sustainable natural resources use on farm
    • forest conservation Increase in conservation of forests and maintenance of ecosystems


To verify our impact on farmers and through communities and measure progress towards our goal of sourcing all our cocoa sustainably, consistent evaluation is needed. Two independent third parties—Ipsos and FLOCERT—keep us on track.

  • Impact Evaluation

    Ipsos measures our progress on the ground by conducting farmer, farmer household and community studies comparing baseline conditions to developments over at least three years. The studies are designed to evaluate Cocoa Life’s global KPIs across all Cocoa Life origins. Updates about Cocoa Life’s journey and impact will be published annually. For more information on IPSOS’ impact evaluation click here.

    Ipsos is a global non-partisan, objective research practice.

  • Supply Chain Verification

    FLOCERT verifies the flow of cocoa from Cocoa Life communities into our supply chain. It also verifies the benefits cocoa farmers receive, such as premium payments and clear trade terms. Verification drives learning and transparency, and ensures we are sourcing from the farming communities we invest in.

    FLOCERT is a socially-focused and leading global certification body.

Impact Evaluations
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COCOA LIFE 2018 ANNUAL REPORT – Measuring our impact

In the Cocoa Life 2018 Annual Report, we share our four key global observations, learnings and opportunities we are taking on to increase the impact of our interventions. We invite you to explore these results with us and identify learnings that are relevant for the cocoa sector and beyond. It’s very important to us at Cocoa Life: only by evaluating our impact can we continually assess our work and course-correct where needed, and by doing so boost the livelihoods of our farmers, ensure the sustainability of our cocoa, and grow opportunities. Key highlights:

Cocoa yields are continuously improving
Cocoa Life farm yields are typically above national averages (+15% in Ghana vs. non-Cocoa Life farms).
Change varies by season and farmer, so our focus is on a targeted approach. Pilots have already seen some farmers double return on investment from their land.
More resilient communities can steer their own development
92% of Cocoa Life communities have Community Action Plans in place, many of which are backed by public funding (65% in Indonesia).
Savings and loans groups are increasing community members’ savings buffers (+24% in Ghana).
New income generating opportunities increase income but not fast enough to move all farmers out of poverty
Overall income of Cocoa Life households has risen, driven both by cocoa (+6% in Ghana) and other non-cocoa (+120% in Indonesia) income.
Success is dependent on local economic and policy context. We organise workshops focused on growing new income opportunities and are encouraging governments to focus more on rural development.
Cocoa life farms avoid priority protected areas and forests
About 63% (93,000) of our farms in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia, spanning over 166,577 ha, have been mapped already and we know they are not in priority protected areas.

UPDATE: By the end of 2019, 149,761 Cocoa Life registered farms in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia and the Dominican Republic, spanning over 243,792 ha, have been mapped.
We aim to map 100% of these farms by the end of 2019 and are rolling-out innovative schemes to incentivize communities to protect forests.

UPDATE: We have mapped 100% of the farms registered with Cocoa Life in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia when we set our targets in 2018. We are also well on our way to mapping farms newly registered in 2019 and 2020.
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