Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest cocoa producing country.
Barry Callebaut has been present in Côte d’Ivoire since 1964. For several decades after its independence in 1960, Côte d’Ivoire experienced political stability and economic growth. This stability was shaken in 1999 after a military coup. The outbreak of civil war in 2002 divided Côte d’Ivoire in two. A peace treaty was negotiated in 2007. The years of political tension have had a major social and economic impact, and Côte d’Ivoire is among the poorest countries in the world.
Rather than withdrawing from Côte d’Ivoire country in view of its complex situation, thereby punishing many farmers who adhere to appropriate labor practices, we decided to pursue a different avenue: We are maintaining an active presence in the region as we are convinced that the most effective way of changing the world of cocoa farmers in West Africa for the better is through a local presence and concrete programs.