ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - Aug 17, 2012) -
Expanding "Cocoa Horizons" sustainability initiative
* 1,000 farmers from five cooperatives to receive training on sustainable
* Special focus on strengthening farmer organizations to improve
* Close collaboration with Rainforest Alliance continues
Barry Callebaut, the world's leading
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate, has begun training members
five farmer cooperatives in the Central region of Cameroon to enable them to
become independently certified by Rainforest Alliance. Approximately 1,000
farmers will receive training in the next 12 months. This is an extension of
already successful collaboration between Barry Callebaut and the prominent
independent certification body that began in Ivory Coast in 2010.
"We see a great opportunity to start work with farmer organizations and
producers in Cameroon who are interested in improving yields and quality by
growing cocoa in a sustainable way," said Nicholas Camu, Group Manager "Cocoa
Horizons". "It's the first time these farmer groups are taking a serious look
the potential benefits of training to achieve certification. We're proud to be
collaborating with the Rainforest Alliance to help enable these pioneering
cooperatives reach their ambitious sustainability goals."
"Cocoa Horizons" is Barry Callebaut's ambitious CHF 40 million cocoa
sustainability initiative, launched in March 2012 and designed to boost farm
productivity, increase quality and improve family livelihoods in key cocoa
producing countries in West and Central Africa, Indonesia and Brazil over the
next 10 years.
Barry Callebaut staff in Cameroon will deliver the training in Good
Practices (GAP) and provide support in setting up internal control systems and
improving administrative procedures at the cooperatives, with support of the
"We are pleased to be working with Barry Callebaut and Cameroon farmers on
ground-breaking and challenging new venture - the first comprehensive training
program to be launched in Cameroon with farmers who aspire to achieve the
sustainability standards of Rainforest Alliance certification," said Eric
Servat, Senior Manager of the Cocoa Program at the Rainforest Alliance.
"We've seen the positive results of training on farmer livelihoods in Ivory
Coast, where we are also working closely with Barry Callebaut and farmer
cooperatives, and we applaud Barry Callebaut for expanding its initiative to
Central Africa and for its long-term commitment to cocoa farmers in Cameroon,"
he added. "The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend
the land and this cooperation underscores our efforts to bring responsibly
produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for
sustainability is growing steadily."
The certification training activities build on the success of Barry
own Quality Partner Program (QPP) with farmer cooperatives, started in Ivory
Coast in 2005 and launched in Cameroon in 2010.
The Rainforest Alliance certification standard includes economic, social and
environmental criteria, with an emphasis on environmental issues, including
protection of natural resources and the management of chemical inputs such as
fertilizer and pesticide. For more information on Rainforest Alliance:
With annual sales of about CHF 4.6 billion (EUR 3.6 billion/USD 5.0 billion)
fiscal year 2010/11, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leading
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean to the
finished chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 27 countries,
around 40 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce
about 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry focusing
industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate
(such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its two global
brands Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®. Barry Callebaut is the global
cocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range of services
in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing. Cost
leadership is another important reason why global as well as local food
manufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad range of
sustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works with
farmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure future
of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.
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