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Vulnerability to climate change in West Africa, Schroth, Götz, and al et , Science of the Total Environment, 01/2016, Issue 556 , internet, p.241, (2016) , (Academic Publication)
Ecosystem Stewardship in the Cacao Trade System: A Change Management Design for a Medium-Sized Chocolate Company, Radeljić, Jelena, and Fischer Eduard , Global Change Management, M.Sc. Faculty of Forest and Environment University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde, 12/2016, Volume MSc, Eberswalde, p.134, (2016) , (Academic Publication)
The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014, Potts, Jason, and Lynch Matthew , 06/2014, p.135-155, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Climate Change Awareness and Coping Strategies of Cocoa Farmers in Rural Ghana, Codjoe, Francis Nana Yaw, Ocansey Charles K., Boateng Dennis O., and Ofori Johnson , Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare, 08/2013, (2013) , (Academic Publication)

Ecosystem Stewardship in the Cacao Trade System: A Change Management Design for a Medium-Sized Chocolate Company

TitleEcosystem Stewardship in the Cacao Trade System: A Change Management Design for a Medium-Sized Chocolate Company
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRadeljić, Jelena, and Fischer Eduard
Academic DepartmentGlobal Change Management, M.Sc. Faculty of Forest and Environment University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde
DegreeMSc
Number of Pages134
Date Published12/2016
UniversityUniversity for Sustainable Development
CityEberswalde
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsecosystems; cocoa; Ecuador; private sector
Lead

The global cacao trade is a complex system that has powerful impacts on natural ecosystems and humans involved. Major negative consequences include direct
biodiversity and habitat loss, increased global climate change through CO2 emissions, and cacao farmers experiencing an ongoing cycle of poverty. Despite the proliferation of certifications that ensure that certain environmental and human rights standards are met, the negative impacts as mentioned above persist. However, the cultivation and trade of cacao can also be socially and environmentally beneficial through certain agricultural systems and the establishment of direct trade relationships.

This thesis explores perceived challenges and existing and desired improvements mentioned by stakeholders at various levels of the cacao trade system. Empirical
data was gathered through ecosystem assessments of cacao farms, questionnaires with cacao cooperatives and guideline based interviews with various stakeholders
in the system in Ecuador, USA, Canada and Germany. Literature was used to support and complement the findings. The methodology of Action Research and the Ecosystem Stewardship Framework were used to assist the research approach and data analysis.

This thesis also suggests a change management design for a medium-sized chocolate company in order to take on responsibility for increased human well-being and ecosystem health throughout the cacao trade system. The key findings reveal that a focus on quality, quantity and – where present – current
certifications in pricing is not sufficient to counteract poverty or environmental
degradation caused by the global cacao trade. Direct trade relationships
between companies and cacao producers have strong potential to improve ecosystem health and human well-being throughout the supply system.
The Change Management Design for the chocolate company is an attempt to
transfer scientific evidence into economic reality and to build a bridge between
science and practice.

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