TRECC – Sustainability through strengthening education in Ivory Coast

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Despite accounting for almost 40% of global cocoa production, Ivory Coast’s smallholder cocoa farmers subsist on less than USD 0.5/day, which is considerably below the poverty line of USD 2/day. This high level of poverty is compounded by very low literacy and school attendance rates nationwide, gender inequality and child labor, particularly in rural areas.

The Jacobs Foundation has committed CHF 50 million to change this situation by implementing a comprehensive strategy to transform education, empower women, and ensure child protection in cocoa-growing communities in Ivory Coast. This initiative is called TRECC (Transforming education in cocoa communities), and it builds on CocoaAction, an unprecedented commitment of the private sector to sustain the cocoa industry and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers.

TRECC is comprised of six interlinked axes: research, capacity building, matching grants, impact finance, engagement and policy strengthening.

As a mid-term outcome, TRECC aims to reach over 200,000 children and youth directly by 2022. The intended long-term impact of this strategy is the creation of an ecosystem to transform education in cocoa-growing communities in Ivory Coast.