Global coalition launches African cocoa initiative
ProcurementLeaders.com - Oct 20th 2011, 10:10
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) have joined forces in a programme designed to boost sustainable cocoa production in West Africa.
The African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI) has been conceived as a five-year, $13.5m programme in the four producing countries of Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria. The scheme aims to develop the four countries' cocoa sectors in four areas: foster public-private cooperative investments in cocoa and agriculture, improve the genetic quality and productivity of the cocoa varieties under cultivation, expand farmer education and training programmes, and improve the agriculture input supply chains that serve the farmers.
Private sector funding for this programme comes from WCF member companies ADM Cocoa, Barry Callebaut, Blommer Chocolate Company, Cargill, Continaf BV, Ferrero, Guittard Chocolate Company, The Hershey Company, Kraft Foods, Lindt & Sprungli, Nestle, and Olam International Ltd
The partners pointed out that cocoa is one of the most significant crops in West and Central Africa, 90 % of which is grown on 2 million small family farms.
The four national governments have each endorsed WCF/ACI and are committing their agencies to participating and investing in its sponsored activities. Additionally, international organisations will be contributing to its implementation. These include the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries (COPAL) and the IFDC, which will provide expertise in genetics, cocoa policy and fertilizers, respectively, to the programme.
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