Olam Cocoa strengthens its commitment to end deforestation in global cocoa supply chain
The company today announced further commitments to end deforestation and forest degradation in its entire cocoa supply chain worldwide. This includes the following key actions:
Achieved 100% traceability of its sustainable cocoa supply chain in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire as part of action plan to end deforestation by cocoa in West Africa
On track to achieve full traceability of its direct origination supply chain worldwide by 2020
Committed to supporting the restoration and preservation of 460,000 hectares of forêts classées in Côte d’Ivoire
Mapped 100% of its supplier network in Ghana and will use this data to identify suppliers perceived to be in areas of highest forest risk by the end of 2019
Distributing almost 1.2 million multi-purpose shade trees in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and 2 million improved cocoa seedlings to farmers in Ghana in 2019
Training 104,000 cocoa farmers in Good Agricultural Practices in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in 2019
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Turning risk into opportunity: How to keep more of the world's forests intact
Simon Brayn-Smith, Global Head of Sustainability Olam Cocoa reflects on the cocoa sector’s role in deforestation and what industry can do about it.
It’s no secret that the earth’s forests are shrinking at an alarming rate. According to the World Bank, an area larger than South Africa (502,000 square miles) was lost between 1990 and 2016.
Agriculture is one of the largest drivers of this deforestation and the role of cocoa farming in particular has become the focus of much public and private debate. Anyone in the cocoa industry is acutely aware of the challenge at hand: creating sustainable livelihoods for communities who rely on cocoa farming for their survival whilst preserving forest landscapes for future generations.
Undoubtedly, the cocoa industry has been part of the problem, but we can also be a catalyst for change. The Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) is a prime example of the impact collective action can have on combating deforestation in the world’s two lar