The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced two significant partnerships and $48-million in grants to help hundreds of thousands of small cocoa and cashew farmers in sub-Saharan Africa significantly increase their incomes so they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.

The two grants – $23-million to the World Cocoa Foundation and $25-million to the German development organisation Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) – were awarded in conjunction with $42-million in cash and in-kind contributions from private industry.
Cocoa and cashews provide income for millions of small farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, who, like a majority of the world's poorest people, live in rural areas and rely on agriculture for their food and income. These projects will help farmers improve the quality and quantity of their crops and provide them with reliable opportunities to sell their crops so they can build better lives for themselves and their families.