News releasesMay 15, 2013 - Barry Callebaut to be honored with prestigious “Sustainable Standard-Setter” award May 7, 2013 - Inauguration new rural primary schools and community learning centers in Côte d’Ivoire April 24, 2013 - The Cocoa Horizons Truck – a unique mobile training unit set to reach 10,000 cocoa farmers in the first year April 3, 2013 - Cocoa farmer training program in joint initiative with the Rainforest Alliance to help protect Taï National Park in 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.
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: