Biolands, our direct sourcing and farm services organisation, works directly with farmers and village coordinators to provide training, inputs such as seedlings, support, and assistance in the production of sustainable cocoa.
Direct cocoa sourcing model
Biolands applies a bottom-up cooperation model, working with smallholder farmers to ensure fair prices are paid to the farmers and to improve cocoa quality, yields, and farmer livelihoods. This farmer-centric, village-to-port approach enables full traceability for every bag of cocoa.
The Biolands model supports Cocoa Horizons Foundation by enabling a very effective implementation of sustainability programs. Biolands delivers HORIZONS cocoa, as well as certified cocoa. In 2015/16, we sourced from over 45,000 farmers through Biolands.
Supporting farmers and communities
Biolands helps farmers to increase cocoa productivity by providing training on certification requirements and yield enhancement, planting material, tools, crop protection products, and professional pruning and spraying services. Biolands also supports local cocoa communities, building and equipping classrooms with funds donated by clients, and helping provide medical insurance for thousands of farmers and their families. The sustainable trade initiative IDH supports our programs in Côte d’Ivoire.