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The report is based on a study conducted over the first 18 months of the income accelerator program, in which a sample of 2,000 households spanning 28 cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire were examined

Nestlé’s income accelerator program is helping cocoa farmers substantially improve cocoa productivity as well as increase their net income, according to a report published by KIT Institute. The report states that high-quality pruning of income accelerator cocoa farms contributed to a 32 per cent increase in cocoa yields. The total net income of income accelerator households rose by 38 per cent, resulting in a higher proportion of these households achieving a living income.

The report is based on a study conducted over the first 18 months of the income accelerator program, in which a sample of 2,000 households spanning 28 cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire were examined.

The study additionally found that Nestlé’s program has effectively mitigated diseases and pests on farms, thanks to the implementation of good agricultural practices. The program has facilitated income diversification, promoted financial access and positively influenced women’s empowerment and child schooling rates. School enrollment is a key focus area of the income accelerator program, and the proportion of children attending school increased by 10 per cent points (vs. 5 per cent points in the comparison group). 

Furthermore, there has been a remarkable surge in the proportion of households investing in small businesses, such as agro-processing, boutiques, barbershops or soap-making. The increase is more than double, rising from 21 per cent in 2022 to 55 per cent in 2023. At the time of the study, these activities were still in an exploratory phase and had not yet generated significant income changes.

The report is based on a study

XAG’s drone technology steps into Ecuador’s cacao gardens to spray timely after rains, protecting cacao fruit from yield loss with trustworthy effect

To facilitate sustainable, local cacao production, XAG agricultural drone is adopted by cacao growers in Ecuador and provides relief to labour shortage during the busy season.

XAG’s drone technology steps into Ecuador’s cacao gardens to spray timely after rains, protecting cacao fruit from yield loss with trustworthy effect. Ecuador is the top spot of high-quality cacao beans, the major ingredient of single-origin chocolates.

XAG’s local partner, Megadrone, dispatched an agricultural service team to manage a 180-hectare cacao farm in Guayaquil, the second largest city of Ecuador. Drone was used as an alternative spraying tool to cope with the increasing labour costs.

During the operation, the XAG P Series Agricultural Drone was equipped with a full tank of foliar fertilisers and fungicides. It took off from the slope and flew over clusters of bushes to precisely spray on the cacao trees.

“What’s more, XAG’s agricultural drone can be easily operated by most people. Before launching the drone, the pilot just plans the flight path and sets up parameters on mobile app. This is convenient to learn even for our elderly workers,” said by the farm owner.

XAG's drone technology steps into Ecuador's cacao gardens to