Barry Callebaut to boost sustainable cocoa farming
Barry Callebaut and the Conseil Café Cacao (CCC) of Côte d’Ivoire have signed a letter of intent to work together on a model of sustainable cocoa farming.
The collaboration will see both signatories work together towards the design and validation of a sustainable cocoa farming model, with a specific focus on the clearing and replanting of cocoa trees infected with the swollen-shoot virus (CSSV) disease.
The collaboration will also look at income diversification for cocoa farmers and the planting of shade trees.
Barry Callebaut and the CCC will also work together on making cocoa cultivation more attractive to women and young cocoa farmers.
Both parties will “intensify their cooperation” on community-led engagement on the eradication of the worst forms of child labour.
A letter of intent was also signed with the Ivorian Ministry of Water and Forests to work on an agroforestry model for the rehabilitation of classified forests and sustainable cocoa farming in these areas. Barry Callebaut has also signed an additional letter of intent with the Ghana Cocoa Board, to again, work on a model for sustainable cocoa farming.
Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of Barry Callebaut, commented: “These letters of intent are an important step towards the design of a new model for sustainable cocoa farming. Combining the expertise and resources on the ground of the CCC, the Ministry of Water and Forests and Barry Callebaut will make interventions more impactful and accelerate the progress towards a sustainable cocoa farming sector coexisting with protected forest areas in Côte d’lvoire, the world’s largest cocoa growing country.”