The Cost of Cash to Ghana’s Cocoa Sector

Ghana is among the world’s leaders in the use of mobile money but the cocoa sector still pays upwards of 7 billion cedis (US$1.2 billion) every year in cash and checks to purchasing clerks, who then transfer it to farmers in cash. The Better than Cash Alliance (BTCA) and the World Cocoa Foundation released new analysis showing that the costs and risk of cash to the cocoa sector are valued at more than $20 million every year.

Learn more about digital payments and our findings in this blog post by BTCA Africa Lead Oswell Kahonde and WCF Ghana Country Director Betty Annan.
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Following in the Footsteps of COVID-19 for the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus: Contact Tracing, Testing, and Treatment

As everyone around the world is learning about viruses and how to control their spread, the cocoa sector continues to gain a better understanding of the cocoa swollen shoot virus disease, or CSSVD. We’re learning from the COVID-19 crisis that we should take a more aggressive ‘3T’ strategy of tracing, testing, and treatment of all infected farms. Read more in this blog post by WCF Director of Agricultural Productivity Hervé D. Bisseleua and CSSV Program Manager Virginie Crescence Mfegue.
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A Chocolate Renaissance: Elevating Chocolate to Create a Sustainable Future

According to Jean Thompson, CEO of Seattle Chocolate, an elevated consumer perception for chocolate could help contribute to a sustainable future for cocoa farmers. Read about how a key to this elevation is educating consumers and retailers about the true value of chocolate in her blog post.
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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 for details.

ECOM released the company's Sustainability Report detailing its advancements in sustainable farming and greater supply chain traceability. Read more.

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa, the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa, and the Belgian platform Beyond Chocolate
GISCO, SWISSCO, and Beyond Chocolate signed an MOU to commit to joining forces for a more sustainable cocoa value chain. Read more.

The Hershey Company
Hershey detailed how its Cocoa for Good strategy is working to combat child labor in the cocoa sector. Read more.

Olam Cocoa partnered with the Dominique Ouattara School Complex to teach children about COVID-19 prevention and more. Read more.
Puratos opened subsidiaries across Africa to lessen the continent’s reliance on food imports and to fight malnutrition. Read more.

Rainforest Alliance
Rainforest Alliance developed an updated cocoa certification program fortified by advanced monitoring techniques. Read more.

US Department of Labor (US DOL)
US DOL announced its intent to award two grants of up to $4 million each to increase the number of cocoa cooperatives demonstrating a reduction of child labor in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Read more.
Valrhona obtained B Corp status in recognition of its sustainability efforts. Read more.
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