ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire -07/27/12)- Cocoa Horizons initiative acceleratessustainable cocoa production
* More than 15,000 cocoa farmers trained in Good Agricultural Practices(GAP)
* All cocoa-growing regions in Côte d'Ivoire are represented
* Farmers earn a premium for Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa
Barry Callebaut, the world's leadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has trained 15,000cocoa farmers from 50 farmer cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire in sustainablecocoaproduction, enabling them to become independently certified by RainforestAlliance. The cooperatives are located throughout Côte d'Ivoire's cocoaproduction belt, with the majority located in Bas-Sassandra, the country'sbiggest cocoa-producing region today.
Barry Callebaut pays the cooperatives a premium for the certified beans.Participating farmers receive half of the premium with the other half retainedby the cooperative and used to provide services to its farmer members or forcommunity facilities.
"We see great potential for more farmers to participate in certificationtraining activities -- including existing coop members as well as potentialnewmembers -- once they see how their neighbors' efforts pay off," said AnkeMassart, Project Manager Cocoa Horizons in Côte d'Ivoire. "Farms are moreproductive, families are healthier because of the focus on safety and farmersearn a premium for their certified beans. Plus, Barry Callebaut, with itsyearsof engagement with farmers in the region, is a reliable and long-term partnerfor coops who are making the commitment to grow cocoa in a sustainable way."
Barry Callebaut's in-house certification team, based in Côte d'Ivoire,providestraining in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and support in setting upinternalcontrol systems to help farmers and coop managers meet the environmental,socialand economic criteria of Rainforest Alliance, an independent sustainabilitycertification system for cocoa.
"We applaud the participating farmers on their achievements and commend theefforts of Barry Callebaut to train and provide support to the farmers andfarmer organizations in Côte d'Ivoire who have embarked on the journeytowardssustainable cocoa production," said Elizabeth T. Kennedy, Director, Evaluationand Research, Rainforest Alliance. "Research demonstrates that RainforestAlliance certification has improved the livelihoods, communities andenvironments of cocoa farmers, and we are delighted to be working inpartnershipwith Barry Callebaut on these efforts."
Recent studies commissioned by Rainforest Alliance and conducted by theCommittee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) have shown that certified cocoafarms in Côte d'Ivoire produced more cocoa per hectare compared withnon-certified farms, while the costs of inputs such as labor, biocides andprocessing were roughly the same. Higher yields resulted in certified farmersearning higher net income - defined as a farm's revenue from cocoa sales minusthe costs of inputs - and applied more water protection measures and more soilconservation practices compared with farmers who were not certified.
COSA is a non-profit global consortium of institutions that uses anindependentmonitoring tool to analyze the social, environmental and economic impacts ofagricultural practices.
Cocoa Horizons is Barry Callebaut's ambitious CHF 40 million cocoasustainability initiative, designed to boost farm productivity, increasequalityand improve family livelihoods in key cocoa producing countries in West andCentral Africa, Indonesia and Brazil over the next 10 years.
Barry Callebaut (http://www.barry-callebaut.com/):
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 theglobal leader 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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