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Côte d'Ivoire

World bank, 2018
Poverty headcount ratio at $3.65 a day (2017 PPP) (% of population)
Population below international poverty line

Equivalent to 75,000 West African CFA Franc per worker per month.
WageIndicator Foundation, 2023


per month
National minimum wage

Equivalent to 143,236 West African CFA francs per worker per month.
Global Living Wage Coalition, 2023

per month
Rural living wage

Equivalent to 298,983 West African CFA francs for a family of 6 and 1.65 full-time workers per month
Living Income Community of Practice, 2022

per month
Rural living income
World bank, 2021
Employment in agriculture (% of total employment) (modeled ILO estimate)
Agricultural workforce
World bank, 2022
Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value added (% of GDP)
Agriculture share of GDP

ITUC Global Rights Index, 2023
Regular violations of rights

Risk to workers' rights


Côte d'Ivoire has a population of around 27 million people,[1] which is split almost evenly between rural and urban areas.[2] As of 2019, 40% of the population is officially employed in the agricultural sector,[3] a sector that accounts for 17% of the nation’s GDP.[4] Of the population employed in agriculture nearly 30% are women.[5] In addition, around 85% of the labour force is employed in the informal sector in Côte d'Ivoire.[6]

The agricultural sector of Côte d'Ivoire faces several major challenges, such as deforestation, rural to urban migration, land tenure insecurity, post-harvest losses, and climate change. The rate of deforestation is so high that the country is expected to lose all its national forest cover by 2034.[7]

The top produced crops in Côte d'Ivoire are yams, cassava, cocoa beans, palm oil fruit and sugar cane.[8] Côte d'Ivoire’s top export commodities in terms of quantity are cocoa beans, natural dry rubber, shelled cashew nuts, bananas and palm oil.[9]

  1. ^ World Bank. (2021).
  2. ^ World Bank. (2021).
  3. ^ World Bank. (2021).
  4. ^ World Bank. (2022).
  5. ^ World Bank. (2021).
  6. ^ U.S. Department of State. (2019).
  7. ^ Climate-Smart Agriculture in Côte d’Ivoire.
  8. ^ FAOSTAT (2019).
  9. ^ FAOSTAT (2019).


Minimum wage

The government-mandated minimum wage for all professions in Côte d'Ivoire is 75,000 West African CFA franc (114 EUR) per month.[1] A legal workweek is 40 hours and requires overtime payment. Labour unions in Côte d'Ivoire have been effective in enforcing that formal sector jobs comply with the minimum wage stated by the government. However, infractions regarding minimum wage payments are still reported. In addition, labour laws do not apply to millions of migrant workers nor to workers in the informal sector in Côte d'Ivoire.[2]

Living wage

The Global Living Wage Coalition has developed a living wage reference value for rural Côte d'Ivoire, based on the Anker Methodology.

The estimated living wage is 143,236 West African CFA francs (218 EUR) per month. This is the wage required for workers in a typical rural area of Côte d'Ivoire to afford a basic but decent standard of living.  [3]

Living income

The Living Income Community of Practice has developed a living income benchmark for cocoa growing regions inrural Côte d'Ivoire. The estimated living income is 298,983 West African CFA francs (456 EUR) per month. This number is based on a family of 6 with 1.65 full time workers.[4] For families in Côte d'Ivoire food procurement accounts for nearly half of monthly household spending. Rural poverty is common in Côte d'Ivoire, however it is typically lower in cocoa growing regions than elsewhere. [5]

The production and sale of cocoa makes up a significant portion of the incomes of between 800,000 and 1.3 million farming households in Côte d'Ivoire. These households typically farm between 1.5 and 5 hectares of land. In addition, it is estimated that more than 8 million people live off the crop.[6]

  1. ^ Wage Indicator. (2023).
  2. ^ U.S. Department of State. (2019).
  3. ^ Global Living Wage Coalition. (2022). Anker Living Wage Reference Value: Rural Côte d'Ivoire.
  4. ^ LICoP (2022). Living Income Update-Rural Côte d’Ivoire: Cocoa Growing Areas.
  5. ^ CIRES. (2018).
  6. ^ Hütz-Adams, F., Huber, C., Knoke, I., Morazán, P., Mürlebach, M. (2016). Strengthening the competitiveness of cocoa production and improving the income of cocoa producers in West and Central Africa.

What's happening


Analysis of the income gap of cocoa producing households in Côte d’Ivoire

Comparison of actual incomes with the Living Income Benchmark. Prepared by KIT for the Living Income Community of Practice. 


Fairtrade Living Income Reference Price for Cocoa

Fairtrade Living Income Reference Prices (LIRP) for cocoa from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire were first established in 2018, and is revised since then following the living income benchmarks by the Living Income Community of Practice (LICOP).


Cocoa Farmer Income

This comparative study shows that the average income of Fairtrade cocoa farmers in Côte d'Ivoire has risen and highlight ways in which brands and retailers can contribute. 


Living Wage Reference Value, Rural Côte d’Ivoire

Living wage estimate for workers in a typical rural area of Côte d’Ivoire to afford a basic but decent living standard. Global Living Wage Coalition, 2022. 


Living Income Benchmark, Rural Côte d’Ivoire

Living income estimate for rural Côte d’Ivoire, focussing on cocoa-growing areas. Living Income Community of Practice, 2020.



Project from the German Initiative on Sustainable Cacao aimed at improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their families in Côte d'Ivoire.


Living Income Reference Prices for Cacao

Fairtrade International has set Fairtrade Living Income Reference Prices for cocoa in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.


Farm Gate Prices for a Living Income

Consultation paper for minimum farm gate prices necessary to earn a living income in the cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Voice Network, 2020.


Demystifying the Cacao Sector

Major study on the cocoa sector investigating more than a thousand socio-economic, agricultural and cocoa specific variables in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. KIT, 2018.


Tracking living and minimum wages in the banana sector

A report commissioned by the World Banana Forum in May 2015 with information for 9 banana producing countries.


Craving a change in chocolate

An agenda for action enabling living incomes in cocoa supply chains. Fairtrade Foundation, 2018.

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