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Empowered Women Can Change the World, and Cocoa-Growing Communities

Last month, on International Women’s Day, we celebrated women in our societies. But it is WCF Social Development Director Youssouf N'djoré's job every day to make sure the potential of women in cocoa growing communities is fulfilled. Read about his learnings from three years on a Village Savings and Loans Associations program in this blog post

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Fighting Child Labor on Cocoa Farms

Video: Fighting Child Labor on Cocoa Farms

Cocoa farmer and community facilitator Opong Poku and cocoa farmer Kojo Mensah from Koniyaw, Ghana, talk about their work with the International Cocoa Initiative in this video.
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Coffee, Cocoa, and the Cutting Edge

In this blog post, Grameen Foundation President and CEO Steve Hollingworth discusses the smart use of cutting-edge technology for smallholder farmers in coffee and cocoa. He describes approaches such as farm development plans and access to microcredit.
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Colombia: 10-Year Action Plan for the Cocoa, Forests, & Peace Initiative

The Cocoa, Forests, & Peace Initiative is creating a 10-year action plan by consolidating more than 250 in-depth interviews conducted in Colombia's cocoa regions. The outcome of the interviews will help evaluate the perspectives of the different actors in the cocoa supply chain, as well as challenges and opportunities for the sector. Learn more here.
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Cocoa & Forests Initiative Action Plans (Cont'd)
 
In March 2019, a milestone was reached to strengthen transparency and accountability in the cocoa supply chain: Cocoa & Forests Initiative signatories released initial action plans that spell out concrete steps to end cocoa-related deforestation. Some companies shared on their Cocoa & Forests Initiative journey. Learn more about their work below.
Cargill
Cargill is protecting our planet's forests through collaboration and partnership. Read more.

General Mills
General Mills is on track to meet its goal of 100% sustainably sourced cocoa by 2020. One way the company is doing this is through the Cocoa & Forests Initiative. Read more.
Indcresa
Indcresa is a 105-year-old, family-owned company based in Barcelona, Spain, that cares about the next generation of cocoa growers and consumers. Read more.

Olam
Olam is turning risk into opportunity as the company fights to keep more of the world's forests standing. Read more.
Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Learn about current cocoa sustainability news and work WCF member companies 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.

Field Trip in Brazil: Mechanization and Quality
P&A, WCF's CocoaAction Brasil partner, is organizing a trip to Bahia and Espirito Santo on August 11-17, 2019. Read more and register.

Guittard
Guittard's Marketing Director Amy Guittard discusses continuing the family legacy for over 150 years and keeping the company relevant with Confectionery News. Read more.
Round Table Cocoa Hamburg
The Round Table Cocoa event, sponsored by the German Cocoa & Chocolate Foundation, is returning to Hamburg on June 13-14, 2019. Delegates will discuss the theme "a quality vision for the future". Read more and register.

Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA2020)
The TFA2020 Annual Meeting will take place May 6-9 in Bogota, Colombia around the theme "A Forest Positive Future: Accelerating the Decade of Delivery". The Cocoa & Forests Initiative will be showcased during the event. Read more.
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