Biolands, our direct sourcing and farm services organisation, works directly with farmers and village coordinators to provide training, inputs such as fertilizers, support, and assistance in the production of certified 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.
In Côte d'Ivoire, our local operation Biopartenaire works with 23,300 registered farmers. In Tanzania, our local operation Biolands International works with 10,500 registered farmers.
In Ghana, Barry Callebaut acquired the Nyonkopa licensed buying company in November 2015. Nyokopa is buying cocoa from over 10,000 cocoa farmers spread across Ghana’s main cocoa regions. It will become integrated in the Biolands Group.
Supporting farmers and communities
Biolands helps farmers to increase cocoa productivity by providing training on certification requirements and yield enhancement, planting material, tools, fertilizers and 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.
Category: Sustainable Cocoa