Efforts will also get underway to set-up localized outlets where farmers can access good quality planting materials, fertilizers and pest-management products. Meanwhile, a consortium of organizations, including professional schools and academic institutions, will develop curriculums, methodologies and needed educational materials to train and support farmers.
Responsibilities have also been assigned to different actors to bring a range of public services to isolated farming communities. The aim is to improve the well-being of communities as well as their livelihood options. Without these services and opportunities, the next generation of farmers will continue to abandon cocoa in search of better chances in urban areas.
At the policy-level, many different sets of regulations on agriculture, land-use, environmental protection, rural development and more currently govern the cocoa sector. Sometimes these overlap, conflict or leave gaps. Through the Plan, stakeholders will revise these within the next two years, creating a coherent set of laws and polices.
Overall, through the Plan, the Government aims to increase national cocoa production by 200 percent over the next 10 years, providing greater income opportunities for farmers, their communities and the country as a whole.
Green Commodities Programme
Senior Communications Advisor
National Coordinator of the Dominican Republic Cocoa Platform