Cocoa value chain development in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, in close cooperation with the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), work together in the fourth Netherlands Trust Fund Programme (NTF IV). The aim of this programme is to increase the competitiveness of producers and exporters in developing countries.

Ethics at Work helped ITC design projects and interventions, coordinate value chain research, liaise with partners, and select suitable companies and cooperatives in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. These activities were aimed at strengthen the position of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in the cocoa sector by improving market access, building capacity, creating trade linkages and implementing enabling policies.

Farmers show how they ferment cocoa beans in Balama, Liberia. Photo: Bart Slob

Drying cocoa beans in Balama, Liberia. Photo: Bart Slob

Meeting at Tunkpan Cooperative in Sanoyea District. Photo: Lisanne van Beek