Most of Indonesia’s cocoa is grown by farmers like him on small plots of land throughout Sulawesi. Indonesia’s million smallholder cocoa farmers—many of whom are without formal education—are also contending with aging cocoa trees and low yields due to pest and diseases.
Barry Callebaut has been working with Haji Saleh and around 15,000 cocoa farmers in West Sulawesi over the years and gaining their trust to strengthen the position of these smallholder cocoa farmers. The company employs local field facilitators and coordinators – many are qualified and graduates in agronomy – who work and mentor these farmers on good agricultural practices and requirements for certified sustainable cocoa.
Through the various sustainability activities, cocoa farmers in Polman are growing better crops, increasing their yields without the need to expand their farms, generating more income and creating better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources.
By producing UTZ certified cocoa, these farmers also received premium payments for their certified sustainable cocoa.
The premium paid amount of IDR 5,000 million (CHF 350,000) was for the delivery of more than 7,200 metric tonnes of UTZ certified cocoa during the 2015 cocoa season. In total, Barry Callebaut has paid out around IDR 12,000 million (CHF 840,000) to the cocoa farmers in the Polman since the certification program started there three years ago.
The premium payments for their certified sustainable cocoa provide meaningful incentives for these farmers to improve the quality of their cocoa beans as well as meet the growing demand for sustainably sourced cocoa and chocolate.