Cultivating change - the need for new cocoa trees
In 2017/18, Barry Callebaut distributed over 2.1 million cocoa seedlings globally! So why the focus on cocoa production in Brazil? Firstly, whilst Brazil has great potential to drive best practices in cocoa farming, the issue of ageing cocoa trees which typically produce lower yields and are more susceptible to pests and disease, first needs to be addressed. A further challenge, is that Brazil is also experiencing a structural bean shortage, which means that production of beans is lower than what the cocoa industry is grinding to feed the local demand. To fill this gap and enable a sustainable supply of cocoa, productivity must be improved.
...it is quality over quantity...producing high quality seedlings allows us to promote planting material to either replace old crops, or improve the density of existing farms
The Illheus nursery is successfully driving our sustainability program in Brazil, not only helping to remedy the cocoa shortage we face, but through supporting farmers with seedling distribution and the knowledge and capacity to best care for the young plants to ensure healthy and productive farms.