Industry-backed methodology launched to calculate true level of cocoa farmer incomes

Until now, there has been no authoritative way to measure cocoa farmer household income across the sector, yet accurately measuring it is key to understanding the impact of sustainability interventions on cocoa farmer households and the environment, the WCF said in a statement.

Wh is behind the methodology?

The development of this methodology was led and funded by WCF and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa (SWISSCO). It was delivered by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) who partnered with the Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (CIRES) and Etudes de Marché et Conseils (EMC) from Côte d’Ivoire. 

  • The new methodology can be found here​.

Existing methods struggle to account for the costs of cocoa production and to capture non-cocoa income. Data gathered by individual companies offers a picture based solely on their direct supply chains, leaving cocoa growers in the indirect supply chain underrepresented.

Individual data gathering by companies and other institutions also currently relies on various methods.

Firm foundation

“To understand what works in helping raise cocoa farmers’ incomes, we first need to be able to consistently measure how activities affect those incomes,” said Michael Matarasso, WCF Director of Monitoring and Evaluation. “This methodology gives everyone in the sector a firm foundation to stand on and will help us to drive collective progress to improve cocoa farmers’ incomes.”