ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire -08/24/12)-
Farmers benefit from sustainable cocoa production
* More than 12,000 farmers from 45 cooperatives trained in goodagricultural Practices
* Instruction delivered through Barry Callebaut's "Cocoa Horizons" sustainability initiative
BarryCallebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa andchocolateproducts, paid premiums totaling CHF 2.8 million (EUR 2.4 million/USD 2.9million) to 45 cocoa cooperatives and more than 12,000 farmers in Côted'Ivoirefor Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa.
Farmers receive half of the premium while the other half is retained by thecooperative and used to provide services to its farmer members or forcommunityfacilities. The farmers and cooperatives received the premium payments forthedelivery of more than 15,000 metric tonnes of certified cocoa during the2011/12 cocoa season.
The premium payments were presented at a celebration in Yamoussoukro onAugust23 attended by local officials and dignitaries, representatives fromgovernmentministries, cooperative leaders and farmers.
"This event marks another important milestone in Barry Callebaut's longhistoryof working in partnership with farmers in Côte d'Ivoire to improveyields andquality while growing cocoa in a sustainable way," said Steven Retzlaff,President Global Sourcing & Cocoa, Barry Callebaut.
The more than12,000 farmers from the 45 cooperatives have been trained insustainable cocoa production by Barry Callebaut's in-house certificationteambased in Côte d'Ivoire. Agricultural training is a core component ofthecompany's "Cocoa Horizons" cocoa sustainability initiative designed toboostfarm productivity, increase quality and improve family livelihoods in keycocoaproducing countries.
"We congratulate the producers and cooperatives on their accomplishments,andcommend them for making the commitment to apply sound and responsibleagricultural practices that are good for their cocoa trees, good for theirfarmsand good for their families," said Bart Willems, General Manager of BarryCallebaut's subsidiary in Côte d'Ivoire, Societé Africaine deCacao (SACO).
The cooperatives honored at the event are located throughout Côted'Ivoire'scocoa production belt, with the majority located in Bas-Sassandra, thecountry'sbiggest cocoa producing region today.
"We are proud to recognize these cocoa farmers and cooperatives inCôte d'Ivoirewho are working to conserve biodiversity, to prevent soil erosion and watercontamination, and thereby safeguard their land and natural resources forfuturegenerations," said Mercedes Tallo, Director of Sustainable Value Chains attheRainforest Alliance. "With the continued engagement of growers,cooperatives andcompanies like Barry Callebaut in promoting and applying sound land-usepractices, we can together make important strides towards ensuringsustainablelivelihoods for cocoa farmers and their families."
The Rainforest Alliance certification standard includes economic, socialandenvironmental criteria, with an emphasis on environmental issues, includingprotection of natural resources and the management of chemical inputs suchasfertilizer and pesticide. Last week, Barry Callebaut announced its firstcollaboration with the Rainforest Alliance in Cameroon. For moreinformation,see www.rainforestalliance.org.
Barry Callebaut (www.barry-callebaut.com):
With annual sales of about CHF 4.6 billion (EUR 3.6 billion/USD 5.0billion) forfiscal year 2010/11, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean tothefinished chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 27 countries,operatesaround 40 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicatedworkforce ofabout 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industryfocusing onindustrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate(such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its twoglobalbrands Callebaut ® and Cacao Barry ®. Barry Callebaut is theglobal leader incocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range ofservicesin 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 rangeofsustainability 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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