Prospering Farmers

Ever pictured what it would take to lift 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty?
Prospering Farmers

Our goal

By 2025, we will lift more than 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty.

Female cocoa farmer

Our approach

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.   

Brazil cocoa

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.

Key Metric

Data available 2017/18

Number of cocoa farmers lifted out of poverty, measured against the World Bank's USD 1.90/day threshold for extreme poverty

Enabling KPIs:


Number cocoa farmers who have access to coaching, inputs such as tools and seedlings, or finance

23 %

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.

Our commitment to the UN SDGs

Next steps

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.

Next Steps

Brazil farming
Our Stories
Our Stories
Lifting cocoa farmers out of poverty starts with increasing the productivity of their cocoa farms.

By giving farmers access to inputs, training and financial services we will empower farmers to earn a better income.

Farmer poverty

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.


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Great chocolate starts at nursery

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.


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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

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. 


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Improving cocoa productivity through farm services

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.


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