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Over 25 retailers, chocolate producers and NGOs signed a letter of intent initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and IDH on sustainable cacao. The signing parties aim to support the revitalization of cocoa production in West-Africa to allow for the consumption of...

FairMatch Support, developer of sustainable supply chains contacted the Wageningen UR Science Shop to explore alternatives for the conventional certification trainings for cocoa farmers in Sierra Leone. Due to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, gatherings with more than 5 farmers at a time were...

Cocoa fact sheet, Wegner, Lucia , 04/2012, The Hague, p.12, (2012) Wegner (2012) Cocoa factsheet.pdf (431.09 KB)

Working paper prepared by Wageningen UR for an event about inclusive agri-markets in The Hague in 2012. The paper gives a summary of the cocoa industry, focussing especially on production in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. The paper also focusses on how businesses and other organisations related to the...

Clear and short summary of an ISEAL Alliance survey that collected data from 101 business leaders. The survey was about the use of sustainability standards. 70% of the respondents say there is a strong business case for sustainability standards.

The UTZ Certified and Solidaridad cocoa programme aims to improve sustainability in cocoa supply chains through implementing UTZ Certification and training activities. LEI Wageningen UR has been commissioned by Solidaridad and UTZ Certified to conduct a baseline assessment of six cocoa projects...

A new Tulane University study of the West African chocolate industry estimates that 2.12 million child laborers worked in cocoa production in the 2013/2014 cocoa harvest season in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

The study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor, also found evidence of...

Certification of agricultural products is an increasingly common tool that
is expected to contribute to agricultural improvement, farmer well-being,
poverty alleviation, reduced environmental impact and food safety. In an
increasingly competitive market, processors,...

Since 2008 UTZ Certified has implemented a programme in Ivory Coast to enhance sustainability in the cocoa supply chain through the implementation of the UTZ Code of Conduct. The programme has supported farmers who are members of the cooperatives receive training on farm management and...

UTZ CERTFIED IMPACT REPORT. January 2014. Combining results from 24 external impact studies and data from UTZ Certified. The studies summarized in this report examine the impact of UTZ certification in the field. They indicate that
implementing good agricultural practices on UTZ certified...

Approximately 140,000 cocoa farmers in West Africa are Fairtrade certified. Fairtrade is working with some of the smallest and most disadvantaged cocoa farmers in the region. Their average plot size is 2.6 hectares. On average, Fairtrade farmers in Ghana farm the smallest plots. Nine out of 10...

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