Reviving Cocoa in Tanzania

Cocoa production began in Tanzania in the late 1960s, yet has not been significantly promoted or developed as a cash crop in the past 40 years. With global demand for cocoa rising and West Africa encountering challenges in its cocoa production, buyers have begun to reconnect with Tanzania’s cocoa producers. TechnoServe, supported by a grant from Irish Aid, is working with farmers to improve post-harvest handling and better position farmer groups as credible sellers. The governments in cocoa-growing districts are serving as key partners for TechnoServe, helping to develop a stakeholder platform for the various actors in the sector. TechnoServe is also leading a working group to draft the National Strategy for Cocoa Development in Tanzania.