Saving Succès-fully: How VSLAs are Strengthening Women’s Economic Cooperation

The Succès Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) group was formed in 2019 in the village of Aboudé, Côte d’Ivoire. Every Sunday, forty women meet in the BECIDA cooperative director’s garden to pool their savings and take out loans. During these meetings, they share personal experiences and offer each other advice and…

From Slash-and-Burn to Sustainable: How Biochar is Changing Cocoa Farming in Côte d’Ivoire

ETG | Beyond Beans is preparing to run pilot projects to test the applicability of biochar in live field sites. Our ultimate goal is to expand this project to circularise coffee projects in Uganda, cashew projects in Mozambique, and cocoa projects in Côte d’Ivoire, thereby reducing waste, providing carbon insetting, and minimising the environmental impact of the agricultural sector.

Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest producer of cocoa beans. The French name for the country (which translates as ‘Ivory Coast’) is also used in English. This is because the Ivorian government made a request in 1985 that the country be referred to as Côte d’Ivoire in all languages, without the use of a hyphen,Continue reading “Côte d’Ivoire”


Country: Côte d’Ivoire In Côte d’Ivoire, Beyond Beans aims to stimulate the commercial distribution of improved cookstoves to support forest conservation and the livelihoods of farming communities. These stoves significantly decrease household air pollution, help households save on fuel expenditure, and they reduced time spent collecting firewood, especially in instances of child labour. The project,Continue reading “Cookstoves”


Country: Côte d’Ivoire & Togo In Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, we are working to identify and implement effective, evidence-based living income strategies with the goal of tackling the root causes of child labour, looking at both traditional farmer services as well as new methods focused on fairer pricing mechanisms. To date, increased pricing mechanisms areContinue reading “EnRoute”

Cocoa Fruit Lab

Country: Côte d’Ivoire Our cocoa juice project is working to turn the juice from the cocoa fruit into a commercially viable product that can help rural farming communities generate an additional income stream. The project is already raising farmers’ incomes by 10%, with potential to reach 30% once the project is fully upscaled. A typicalContinue reading “Cocoa Fruit Lab”

Hana River Eco-Corridor

Country: Côte d’Ivoire The Tai National Park in Côte d’Ivoire is home to some of the last remaining areas of primary rainforest in West Africa. We are working with cocoa farmers who live along the Hana river to create a 20-metre barrier of protected forest along the riverbanks. Forest areas, especially along rivers, promote biodiversity,Continue reading “Hana River Eco-Corridor”