Cyclone Enawo hitting Madagascar - Barry Callebaut and Prova providing immediate assistance to support farmers on the ground
CHF 50,000 to cover for the very basics after Enawo
Last fall, Barry Callebaut, the world's leading producer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa, and Prova, one of the world's premier manufacturers of vanilla extracts and flavors, joined forces to diversify and stabilize revenues of vanilla farmers through the introduction of cocoa farming. The joint project’s activities are focusing on the SAVA region, the main vanilla growing in the northern part of Madagascar - heavily hit now by the Enawo cyclone.
Since last Wednesday, our local teams have been mobilized to support the local communities in their first needs, making the assessment of damages and organizing the most suited response.
As young cocoa trees were being planted shortly before the storm, the coming days will reveal how Enawo affected the joint project. Furthermore, damages are not only impacting vanilla and cocoa, but also other cash crops such as rice, cloves, market gardening essential to the livelihood of local populations.
“Since last Wednesday, our local teams have been mobilized to support the local communities in their first needs, making the assessment of damages and organizing the most suited response.” comments Alessandra Ognibene-Lerouvillois, Chief Sustainability Officer at Prova.
Currently, we do not know the full extent of the damages and how this will affect the current project of Prova and Barry Callebaut. But it is important to us that we can help the local farmers in a pragmatic and fast way.
Fully committed to the project's main goals
We will keep reporting about the situation on the ground as well as the use and the impact of our joint relief activities.
One of the main goals of initiating the joint project was to fund and support local communities through social, health and education programs. Today, after Enowa, Barry Callebaut and Prova are more than ever committed to this endeavour.