Building Cocoa Life calls for advocacy, relationship building and networking among all stakeholders. I bring together politicians, administrators, non-governmental organizations, communities, farmers, plant breeders and many more. Achievements deriving from these conversations make me feel confident that we are on the right track for a thriving cocoa sector.
One particular aspect of our 10-year journey is the transformation taking place across the communities we work in and its rippling effect in the cocoa sector at community as well as policy levels. I am inspired by the ability of farmers and other community members to grow organically along with us. Indeed, Cocoa Life is about growing and developing together. I see how farmers are realigning their lives and seeing their farm as a business. And, I am very proud of the women of the country. Their courage to raise their voices and the knowledge that they have a strong voice as well as the economic opportunities they find for themselves are impressive.