FARM-FOR-IMPACT MODEL





Cocoa360 is pioneering a new model of community development that leverages existing community resources
to improve access to education and healthcare for Ghana’s cocoa farmers and their families, without
long-term reliance on foreign aid.


Our "Farm-For-Impact" model is simple yet impactful: in exchange for tuition-free education and subsidized
healthcare, community members work on a community-run cocoa farm. By addressing access to education and
medical services, two major social deteminants of health, Cocoa360's model seeks to increase community
members' overall health and well-being in their daily lives.


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With Cocoa360’s guidance, community members apply profits from the sale of harvested cocoa beans
toward improving health or educational outcomes in a tiered manner.
In the tiered funding allocation approach, farm revenues are spent in a gradual approach based on community
prioritization of needs such as books, uniforms, medications, among others.




OUR INNOVATION


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By using the "Farm-For-Impact" model to improve education outcomes for young girls, coupled with medical
care provided for the community, Cocoa360 aims to work with community members to attain health equity.



OUR MODEL IN ACTION


Cocoa360 maintains an agro-campus, called the Tarkwa Breman Center of Excellence (TBCE), located in the
Prestea-Huni Valley District in the Western Region of Ghana. The TBCE includes a girls’ school, community health
clinic, and cocoa farms. At the TBCE, our team designs, implements, and evaluates interventions to improve
education and health outcomes.
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Our Farm

The TBCE’s 17-acre cocoa farm provides a dual purpose: volunteer labor hours worked at the farm by community members provide free education for their daughters at the girls’ school, and our team is able to test Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for cocoa farming and improve crop yields.


Our School

The Tarkwa Breman Girls’ School (TBGS) is a tuition-free primary school. Parents volunteer their labor on our TBCE cocoa farm in exchange for access to a tuition-free education for their daughters. TBGS has 167 students enrolled in six grade levels, with a new class of 30 girls enrolled each September.


Our Clinic

Our community health clinic was established to address the community’s need for access to affordable, quality healthcare. Today, our clinic provides subsidized care for the community of Tarkwa Breman and the 7 nearby villages.


Our Community

Because Cocoa360 is a community-based and community-driven initiative, it works with the Village Committee, who serves as the link between the organization and the community to ensure that the programs are continually in line with the needs of the community.



IS THE MODEL SCALABLE?


Cocoa360’s agro-campus in Tarkwa Breman serves as a “living learning laboratory” where the organization
researches how best it can scale its efforts in education and healthcare to other communities.

In scaling, the organization does not intend to reinvent the wheel by building new schools and health facilities.
Rather, it plans to apply the lessons learned at the Tarkwa Breman Center of Excellence to partner with the
Ghanaian government to strengthen educational and healthcare systems in rural areas.

After identifying new partner communities, our staff will work with communities and invest seed funding to
establish cocoa farms, and to invest in monitoring and evaluation to design interventions well-suited to
community needs and then assess these interventions as well.