By 2025, we will lift more than 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty.
Forever Chocolate requires a new approach to cocoa farming so that it generates social and environmental benefits for its communities. This begins with increasing productivity, since cocoa farmer poverty contributes to the existence of the worst forms of child labor and deforestation. For Forever Chocolate we will be starting shortly with pilots in five key cocoa sourcing countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Indonesia and Brazil.
In 2016/17, we have started the mapping of 90,000 farmers in our supply chain, to understand where they are farming and how they are farming. In addition, we had approximately 157,000 farmers involved in one of our sustainability programs on good agricultural practices in 2016/17. Furthermore we are partnering with several NGOs and government agencies on cocoa farming productivity and community projects.
Our measured impact
In 2016/17, 5,814 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Tanzania, Indonesia and Brazil actively implemented productivity programs which included having access to coaching, inputs such as tools and seedlings, or financial solutions. In Côte d’Ivoire the farmers that received these services saw an average increase in productivity of +23.0%. Additionally, we succeeded in replanting 175.5 hectares of cocoa, with another 1,000 hectares targeted to be replanted this upcoming season. This replanting is combining young higher yielding cocoa trees with other crops to support the farmer to diversify his or her income.
Considering we are still in the pilot phase it is too early to claim any causal link between our activities and number of farmers lifted out of poverty. Using the World Bank definition as a basis, we are establishing a baseline for each of our key cocoa sourcing countries in order to report on our performance in helping farmers out of poverty.
Number of cocoa farmers lifted out of poverty, measured against the World Bank's USD 1.90/day threshold for extreme poverty
Number cocoa farmers who have access to coaching, inputs such as tools and seedlings, or finance
Productivity improvement per hectare of these farmers
Number of hectares cocoa replanted
Our commitment to the UN SDGs
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist of 17 goals to transform our world. We have selected for each of our targets the corresponding SDG to highlight how Forever Chocolate fits into the global agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
We have developed pilot projects to identify country specific strategies for what is required to empower cocoa farmers to prosper for five of our key sourcing countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Indonesia and Brazil. In the coming 18 months, starting February 2018, we will test, through these pilots, country specific theories of change for sustainable cocoa farming. In 2017/18 we will implement the pilot projects, understanding what works and does not work and preparing a country specific sustainable approach to cocoa farming that can be implemented at scale.
By giving farmers access to inputs, training and financial services we will empower farmers to earn a better income.
Benchmarking cocoa farmer poverty in Côte d’Ivoire
Together with the French Development Agency AFD, Barry Callebaut executed a study to benchmark cocoa farmer poverty in Côte d’Ivoire. The results show that much work remains to be done to support cocoa farmer income.
Great chocolate starts at nursery
How can farmers grow more high-quality cocoa on the same amount of land? The answer is better trees. Barry Callebaut aims to deliver 500,000 seedlings from its cocoa nurseries to farmers in Indonesia in 2017.
High-quality seedlings are important to instil farmer confidence and encourage replanting in communities.
Richard Fahey, Vice President Cocoa Asia Pacific, Barry Callebaut.
How to prune a cocoa tree – and why it matters
Pruning cocoa trees is proven to increase yields. It can reduce disease incidence, use of pesticides, improve growth and make harvesting easier. Our short video shows how we train farmers in four simple steps.
Tree pruning is one of the types of farm services Barry Callebaut offers to farmers to support higher yields.
Philippe BROU, Barry Callebaut Farmer Supervisory Agent.
New horizons for sustainable cocoa
The mission of the Cocoa Horizons Foundation is to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development.
Improving cocoa productivity through farm services
Barry Callebaut has developed its Farm Services business to offer farmers products and services that improve the productivity of cocoa. These include training on good farming practices, access to credit, access to improved planting material and access to farm inputs.