Cocoa & Forests Initiative Reports Progress on Traceability, Agroforestry and Forest Protection in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire

The governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and 35 companies in the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI), including IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), reported progress made towards ending deforestation in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in two joint public/private sector reports.

Fairtrade America Launches “It’s Only Fair” Campaign Asking How Long Americans Would Work For Just $1 to Raise Awareness of the Unfair Price Cocoa Farmers Earn for Their Beloved Crop

July 7, 2022 Fairtrade America

Timed with July 7 World Chocolate Day, Fairtrade America, the world’s most recognized label for social justice and sustainability, has launched a national campaign to generate broader awareness of the unjust price that farmers receive to produce the goods that we rely on everyday, including cocoa. The “It’s Only Fair,” campaign features three videos connecting shoppers in the U.S. to smallholder cocoa farmers in West Africa and the dire issues farmers are facing around the world by disrupting people’s routines with the simple question, “How long would you work for $1?”

Sustainable Vanilla and Cocoa From Madagascar: A Successful Partnership

June 28, 2022 Barry Callebaut

A pioneering initiative to improve the livelihoods of vanilla farmers in Madagascar focused on developing cocoa as a supplemental source of income, started by Barry Callebaut and Prova in 2016, is being expanded. All vanilla extract Barry Callebaut sources for the European market is now 100% sustainable.

Barry Callebaut Establishes Farm of the Future to Power Cocoa Farming Research and Innovation

Ecuador is a country with a deep knowledge of agricultural production, rooted in crops as diverse as coffee, bananas, and shrimps. In the world of chocolate, it is the world’s third-largest cocoa producer and one of the fastest-growing cocoa origins, as well as the largest global producer of fine flavor cocoa. Combined with our long-established expertise in innovation and sustainability, Ecuador is the perfect match for Barry Callebaut to build a dedicated hub to power cocoa farming research to support cocoa farming resilience and productivity.

Cargill Partners with Vertical Farming Leader AeroFarms in First-of-Its-Kind Research Focused on Cocoa Production

August 13, 2021 Cargill

As part of ongoing efforts to build a more resilient and sustainable cocoa sector, Cargill has entered a multi-year research agreement with vertical farming pioneer and leader AeroFarms aimed at improving cocoa bean yields and developing more climate-resilient farming practices.