News releasesJan. 27, 2014 - Cocoa Horizons Truck rolls off into remote areas of Côte d’Ivoire – bringing farmer training and basic health care to cocoa farming communities Nov. 12, 2013 - Sustainability Report 2012/13 highlights sustainability practices and accomplishments with focus on cocoa farming Sept. 18, 2013 - Hershey and Barry Callebaut build primary school in cocoa-growing region of Côte d’Ivoire
In March, 2012, Barry Callebaut launched “Cocoa Horizons”, a CHF 40 million cocoa sustainability initiative to boost farm productivity, increase quality and improve family livelihoods in key cocoa producing countries over 10 years.
Barry Callebaut’s cocoa sustainability team comprises 58 colleagues globally, of which 35 in Côte d’Ivoire alone. It includes trainers, ecologists, agronomists, geographers, controllers, and auditors. The team works with cooperatives to organize training and support for their farmers and their communities.
In fiscal year 2012/2013, the company spent about CHF 10 million in farmer training, infrastructure and community education and health programs. The activities are being undertaken in cooperation with agricultural and development experts and government institutions. Barry Callebaut will focus first on large producer countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia, Cameroon and Brazil, and aims to expand the initiative, to other cocoa producing countries with high development potential over the coming years.
The Initiative builds upon Barry Callebaut’s own Quality Partner Program, which was launched in 2005.
The initiative encompasses three primary goals: