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Sustainable Cocoa. The Netherlands and the International Cocoa Sector, , World Cocoa Conference - The Netherlands, 09/2014, (2014) 20140603_Cocoa_folder_ENG_lr.pdf (1.28 MB)

Sustainable commodities are high on the social and political agenda in The Netherlands. Most efforts focus on commodities where The Netherlands plays a significant role in the supply chain and where involved stakeholders are motivated to work towards substantive social, economic and ecological...

The COSA Measuring Sustainability Report illuminates the salient findings from nearly 18,000 surveys between 2009 to 2013 in Africa, Asia and Latin America for coffee and cocoa - two important commodities that are bellwethers for sustainability trends in other crops. The COSA Measuring...

Description of various projects related to the development of sustainable, often organic cocoa value chains in Ghana, undertaken by Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute. Discussed are for example organic group certification, farmer organisation, train-the-trainers and marketing of fine flavour cocoa....

Behind the scenes, a number of organizations were working on improving the situation for these producers but despite public attention, the barriers that lock cocoa producers in a poverty trap remained in place. This report, “Moving the
Bars”, reflects on how one program aimed to move the...

International Workshop on Cocoa Certification, ICCO, ONCC and U. N. F. S. S. , International Workshop on Cocoa Certification, 06/2013, Cameroon, (2013) Recommendations Workshop.pdf (77.72 KB)

This one-pager gives the recommendations adopted during the international workshop on cocoa certification, 24-27 June, Douala, Cameroon,

Powerpoint presentation held at ICCO Conference Douala, 24-27 June 2013. Topic Rainforest Alliance Cocoa Certification.

This Dutch declaration of intent was signed by chocolate producers, cacao processors, supermarkets and civil organizations in the Netherlands. It was agreed that half of all cocoa used in the Netherlands will be produced sustainably by 2015. This is expected to rise to 100% in 2025.

As standard systems seek to expand the supply of certified products and their collective impact, they face the increasing challenge of reaching out to less organized producers or to producers that are organized according to other group models. As standard systems move into this new territory, it...

How do we know our work with cocoa farmers inis improving lives, lands and livelihoods?

Rainforest Alliance commissioned itself the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) to conduct on-the-ground research in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2009, and again in 2011, COSA scientists collected...

To achieve a more sustainable world cocoa economy the industry needs to start taking more focused action as soon as possible. Data on the current situation needs to be collected, publicly reported, activities towards sustainability goals need to be developed and the resulting improvements should...

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