ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire -08/17/12)-
Expanding "Cocoa Horizons" sustainability initiative
* 1,000 farmers from five cooperatives to receive training on sustainable Agriculture
* Special focus on strengthening farmer organizations to improvetraceability
* Close collaboration with Rainforest Alliance continues
Barry Callebaut, the world's leadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate, has begun training membersoffive farmer cooperatives in the Central region of Cameroon to enable them tobecome independently certified by Rainforest Alliance. Approximately 1,000farmers will receive training in the next 12 months. This is an extension ofthealready successful collaboration between Barry Callebaut and the prominentindependent certification body that began in Ivory Coast in 2010.
"We see a great opportunity to start work with farmer organizations andproducers in Cameroon who are interested in improving yields and quality bygrowing cocoa in a sustainable way," said Nicholas Camu, Group Manager "CocoaHorizons". "It's the first time these farmer groups are taking a serious lookatthe potential benefits of training to achieve certification. We're proud to becollaborating with the Rainforest Alliance to help enable these pioneeringcooperatives reach their ambitious sustainability goals."
"Cocoa Horizons" is Barry Callebaut's ambitious CHF 40 million cocoasustainability initiative, launched in March 2012 and designed to boost farmproductivity, increase quality and improve family livelihoods in key cocoaproducing countries in West and Central Africa, Indonesia and Brazil over thenext 10 years.
Barry Callebaut staff in Cameroon will deliver the training in GoodAgriculturalPractices (GAP) and provide support in setting up internal control systems andimproving administrative procedures at the cooperatives, with support of theRainforest Alliance.
"We are pleased to be working with Barry Callebaut and Cameroon farmers onthisground-breaking and challenging new venture - the first comprehensive trainingprogram to be launched in Cameroon with farmers who aspire to achieve thesustainability standards of Rainforest Alliance certification," said EricServat, Senior Manager of the Cocoa Program at the Rainforest Alliance.
"We've seen the positive results of training on farmer livelihoods in IvoryCoast, where we are also working closely with Barry Callebaut and farmercooperatives, and we applaud Barry Callebaut for expanding its initiative toCentral Africa and for its long-term commitment to cocoa farmers in Cameroon,"he added. "The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods dependonthe land and this cooperation underscores our efforts to bring responsiblyproduced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand forsustainability is growing steadily."
The certification training activities build on the success of BarryCallebaut'sown Quality Partner Program (QPP) with farmer cooperatives, started in IvoryCoast in 2005 and launched in Cameroon in 2010.
The Rainforest Alliance certification standard includes economic, social andenvironmental criteria, with an emphasis on environmental issues, includingprotection of natural resources and the management of chemical inputs such asfertilizer and pesticide. For more information on Rainforest Alliance:www.rainforestalliance.org.
With annual sales of about CHF 4.6 billion (EUR 3.6 billion/USD 5.0 billion)forfiscal year 2010/11, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean to thefinished chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 27 countries,operatesaround 40 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated workforceofabout 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry focusingonindustrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate(such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its two globalbrands Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®. Barry Callebaut is the globalleader incocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range of servicesin the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing. Costleadership is another important reason why global as well as local foodmanufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad range ofsustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works withfarmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure futuresuppliesof cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.
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