How the model works:
Our model, which will be implemented in two partner communities in 2019, requires the following inputs: mature cocoa land designated by the village as a communal farm, volunteer labor to maintain and harvest crops, and buy-in from the local community and school. All proposed interventions, including farming best practices and improvements in the education system, are developed and tested at our Tarkwa Breman Center of Excellence.
1. Cocoa360 Purchases Mature Cocoa Land
Mature cocoa land is essential to our model. Village committees designate specific acres of land as communal, and profits from that land are used to invest in improvements in the education system. Partner community farms will look to the farm at our Tarkwa Breman Center of Excellence for examples of agricultural best practices;
2. Community Volunteers Provide Farm Labor
Farmers from the community dedicate time each season (depending on skill and demand for that skill) working on the communal cocoa farm;
3. Cocoa360 Guides Community in Revenue Investment
Village Committees utilize revenue from communal cocoa land as funds for investing in improvements in local education systems. Based on lessons learned from the Center of Excellence, Cocoa 360 offers advice to Village Committees for their educational investments.
The model is designed to be self-sustaining. Community farms remain in the control of the community at-large beyond partnership with Cocoa360, meaning each new harvest produces revenue available for further investment in improving education;
4. Cocoa360 Monitors Progress and Challenges
The organization’s Monitoring & Evaluation team tracks progress on the community farm and in local schools for three years after beginning the partnership. Cocoa360 can then intervene to provide support and guidance to its partner communities, where it is needed.