Using the optimistic mindset – further strengthening trust

Last year, at the World Cocoa Conference in Berlin, The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa and the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa discussed the latest issues affecting the industry. At this year’s ISM, they met again to look at what progress has been made, with a particular focus on giving farmers a living wage. “Business as usual is no longer an option” was the outcome of the World Cocoa Conference in Berlin nine months ago, signalling the need for a new beginning, but has the cocoa sector become more sustainable since then? This question was discussed by three representatives of the confectionery industry and the food retailers and a co-operative representative from Côte d’Ivoire, at a joint event of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa and the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa at ISM in Cologne last month. Read More

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Cacao, Côte d’Ivoire’s gold

In this Figaro Magazine special report. learn about the importance of the cocoa sector for the world's first producer, Côte d'Ivoire. The article describes opportunities and challenges linked to cocoa farming, from infrastructure to living income and deforestation issues. Read More

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Cargill outlines plan to end cocoa deforestation

Cargill has outlined its plan to eliminate deforestation from its cocoa supply chain. The Protect Our Planet plan provides concrete actions the company is taking to achieve 100 percent cocoa bean traceability and includes a commitment of “no further conversion” of any forest land in Ghana and Ivory Coast for cocoa production. It also expands the company’s forest efforts to five origin countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana) as well as the indirect cocoa supply chain, while securing the future livelihoods and resilience of smallholder cocoa farmers. Read More

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Ghana: New CREMA Executives Trained to Effectively Manage Natural Resources in Their Communities

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), with support from Mondelēz International, have trained 250 newly elected executives (including 75 women) of the Ayum-Asuokow Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) in the Brong Ahafo Region, to enhance their skills on effective natural resources management. Read More

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Bahia notebook: Why is rubber so important to the growing of cocoa in Brazil?

As part of a field trip for delegates at the World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting in Sao Paulo in October, WCF organized a visit to CEPLAC so industry experts could see for themselves the work being carried out to not only help and promote Brazil's cocoa farmers under the cabruca system - but also its scientific research into creating a more sustainable environment through bio-diversity and agroforestry. Read More

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