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Innovating and Inspiring for Greater Impact in Cocoa-Growing Communities


"When I grow up, I want to become a teacher," said Fatoumata, a young girl who lives in a cocoa-growing community in Côte d'Ivoire. She didn't have a uniform, nor did she have the books she needed to learn. Read more about Fatoumata and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)'s progress and impacts in tackling child labor over the last year in the organization's 2019 annual report and this blog post by ICI Executive Director Nick Weatherill.
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Is Destruction the Inevitable Fate of Our Forests?


In 2019 alone, the world lost tropical forests nearly equal to the size of Switzerland. But the Cocoa & Forests Initiative seems to have been instrumental in slowing down primary forest loss in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. In this blog post by World Resources Institute Distinguished Senior Fellow Frances Seymour, she discusses corporate efforts, the implications of deforestation and possible paths forward to save the world’s remaining tropical forests and those who depend on them.
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The Business Case for Village Savings &
Loans Associations


The social benefits provided by Village Savings & Loans Associations (VSLA) in cocoa-growing communities are well established. However, their financial relevance has been less clear. This blog post by World Cocoa Foundation Director of Social Development Youssouf N’djoré reviews the business case for VSLAs.
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Papua New Guinea's Unique Cocoa
Flavors Rediscovered


Papua New Guinea is the birthplace of some of the most flavorful cocoa beans around the world. WCF member Puratos has been working with cocoa farmers in Papua New Guinea to enhance both cocoa flavor and farmers’ livelihoods through its Cacao-Trace program. This blog post by Puratos Business Unit Director Youri Dumont explores the process of solar drying and fermentation.
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Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Learn about the work WCF member companies and partners are doing to ensure a sustainable and thriving cocoa sector. Want your company to be featured in our cocoa sustainability roundup? Email zoe.genova@worldcocoa.org for details.

Barry Callebaut
Barry Callebaut discussed how the company is continuing to source and process cocoa during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Bloomberg
Bloomberg published an article highlighting how the cocoa industry has made improvements on efforts to combat deforestation. Read more.
Climate Links
WCF Environment Director Ethan Budiansky highlighted the impact of climate change in cocoa in a Climate Links blog post. Read more.

The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company Senior Director of Global Sustainability and Social Impact Jeff King discussed the Cocoa for Good program's commitment to 100% direct-sourced cocoa in West Africa. Read more.
 
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