I4DI Announces $7.2 Million Global Development Alliance to Improve Farmer Livelihoods and Support a Sustainable, Climate-Resilient Cocoa Industry in Indonesia

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The Institute for Development Impact (I4DI), along with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Mars Inc., are pleased to announce the launch of a four-year $7.2 million Global Development Alliance to improve farmer livelihoods and enhance evidence-based agroforestry practices in the Indonesian cocoa sector. Through the Advancing Cocoa Agroforestry towards Income, Value, and Environmental Sustainability (ACTIVE) partnership, USAID, Mars, Inc., and I4DI are using their collective resources to address key cocoa supply and deforestation challenges that are negatively affecting farmers in South and Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. This Alliance will improve smallholder farmer income and reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions through advancements in application of cocoa agroforestry best practices and creation of a more conducive government policy environment that enables private sector engagement. 

As the prime awardee, I4DI will be working closely with Mars Inc. and USAID to implement all aspects of the award and ensure robust adaptive management and results. ACTIVE is another example of I4DI’s innovative sustainable sourcing work across Asia and Africa and is the firm’s second engagement in a Global Development Alliance.   

See how ACTIVE fits into MARS’ larger Cocoa for Generations strategy here and USAID’s strategy here!

The Institute for Development Impact (I4DI) is a woman-owned, global consulting firm, dedicated to leveraging technology and data to address the most difficult global challenges of our time. I4DI specializes in advanced data analytics, independent research and evaluation, and systems design to equip our clients to make decisions based on the best available evidence. Our team brings together expertise in qualitative and quantitative research as well as a systems approach to institutionalizing and sustaining data-driven decision-making. I4DI is trusted by a diverse range of clients, including multinational companies, multilateral agencies, U.S. Government agencies, national governments, and private foundations around the world.

Cocoa farmer in South Sulawesi receives one-on-one coaching in cocoa tree pruning.
Photo Credit: Mars Indonesia