The Jacobs Foundation has partnered with the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) to align the strategies and efforts of its respective programs, TRECC and CocoaAction, which aim to improve children's and cocoa farmers' lives in Côte d’Ivoire.
“Through our ongoing engagement in the region we have learned that education for a country's poorest can only be successful if the necessary conditions are in place within the family, at work and in society,” Lavinia Jacobs, chair of the Jacobs Foundation, said. “At the same time it is important to highlight that sustainable development cannot be achieved without quality education. We have, therefore, decided to take our activities in Africa to the next level with the TRECC program, with the goal of promoting sustainable social and economic change in the region.”
An estimated 8 million Ivoirians depend on cocoa farming; yet, this farming is done by smallholder farmers who live well below the poverty line. In rural areas where these farms are located, 45 percent of children aged 6 to 12 do not attend school.
TRECC and CocoaAction will partner to design and implement programs that better the socio-economics of rural communities.
"The World Cocoa Foundation is delighted to collaborate with the Jacobs Foundation through CocoaAction to directly benefit the education of 200,000 children in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d'Ivoire," Tim McCoy, acting president, World Cocoa Foundation, said.