Barry Callebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate, has extended its agriculture training activities in Côte d'Ivoire to cocoa supply chain intermediaries. Training to meet the sustainability standards of UTZ Certified, an independent certification program for cocoa, is being provided to eight intermediaries in key cocoa growing regions.
The local intermediaries provide services to an estimated 13,000 independent farmers in their respective regions including the collection and purchase of fermented and dried cocoa beans.
"While work to strengthen and expand the number of cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire is continuing, most cocoa farmers are not members of farmer organizations and sell their beans to local intermediaries," said Nicholas Camu, Group Manager "Cocoa Horizons." "To advance sustainable cocoa production, and to complement our work with farmer organizations, we are developing innovative programs to reach many of these unaffiliated farmers and intermediaries. We are pleased to be working with UTZ Certified in this new training effort." Over the next several years, Barry Callebaut's in-house sustainability team, together with representatives from the UTZ Certified program, will provide agricultural training to farmer trainers and will assist administrators in developing documentation and implementing internal control systems, as required by the UTZ Certified program.
The training activities with intermediaries, part of Barry Callebaut's "Cocoa Horizons" global sustainability initiative, build on the company's successful prior experience in training cooperatives and farmer groups to be independently certified.