At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), top cocoa-producing countries Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have announced far-reaching joint Frameworks for Action with leading chocolate and cocoa companies to end deforestation and restore forest areas.
IDH has signed an agreement with OCP Africa, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) to provide cocoa specific fertilizer formulations for cocoa-producing ecological zones of Nigeria. Through proper fertilizer application, farmers are expected to benefit from increasing yields and thereby increased income and reduction of expansion into forest areas.
Huynh Tien Dung, former Team Leader of Sustainable Landscapes Component, VFD for SNV in Vietnam has been appointed as IDH Vietnam Country Director. In this capacity he succeeds Flavio Corsin who is currently the Aquaculture Director and HR manager at IDH HQ in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
IDH is proud to announce that Andre Dellevoet former Group CEO for the Agricultural Business Initiative in Uganda is IDH its senior Africa strategist. With his extensive experience in various African countries, working with partners such as AGRA, BMGF and SNV and numerous bilateral and multilateral agencies he is a great asset to IDH
Le mardi 13 juin 2017, de 09H00 à 17h00, s’est tenue à Abidjan, la première Table Ronde sur l’Initiative Cacao et Forêts. Cette journée d’échanges et de réflexions, lancée par la Ministre de la Salubrité, de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable en personne, a rassemblé près d’une centaine de personnes issues du secteur public, du privé et de la société civile. Les présentations faites pendant la rencontre sont disponibles sur ce site.
June 13th and 15th, the first Roundtables took place in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. The Roundtables were hosted in Côte d'Ivoire by the Ministry of Public Hygiene, Environment and Sustainable Development (MINSEDD) and in Ghana by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources. Participants included representatives from cocoa and chocolate companies, local governments and civil society organizations (CSOs). The roundtables were held to collaboratively build a Framework of Action to end deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa value chain.
Nederland is voorloper in het stimuleren van duurzame handel om "groene" economische groei in ontwikkelingslanden te ondersteunen. Vooral duurzamere productie van agrarische grondstoffen als cacao, thee, koffie etc... die met name door kleinschalige boeren geproduceerd worden, kan bijdragen aan armoedebestrijding.
The new report, Eliminating Deforestation from the Cocoa Supply Chain, presents a first set of principles for achieving sustainable, deforestation-free cocoa production.
Agri-finance company Agronomika Finance Corporation, agri-business company Kennemer Foods International Inc., FMO and IDH are partnering to provide a Philippine peso loan in the equivalent of USD 2 million for smallholder coconut farmers to invest in cocoa, a crop that could raise farm incomes by 400%.
Earmarked to enable farmers & co-ops to make investment decisions, grow their business and improve livelihoods
Starting in April, IDH will be sharing insights gained over the last five years in the Cocoa Quality and Productivity Program (CPQP). CPQP has been possible because of our partners’ commitments, with investments of €15 million in public funds, matched by €37 million in private sector funds invested into the main cocoa producing countries in Africa and Asia (Cote d’lvoire, Ghana, Indonesia, Cameroon and Nigeria). These countries together produce around 80% of the world’s cocoa.
On March 16 2017 the twelve largest global chocolate and cocoa companies committed to develop cooperative, multi-stakeholder frameworks to help address deforestation and forest degradation in their cocoa supply chains in Cote D'Ivoire and Ghana. The meeting was held in London, together with Ghanian and Ivorian authorities, and hosted by Prince Charles, HRH The Prince of Wales.
IDH, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and The Prince's International Sustainability Unit (ISU) convened the Cocoa & Forest Initiative and launched it at a meeting hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, on Thursday 16th March 2017.
9 members’ of The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance have applied shared social and environmental principles across their loan portfolios. This encompasses roughly $600 million to businesses providing services to 2 million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Reducing global poverty and improving food security is largely dependent on smallholder farmers becoming more productive. They must do so, however, in the face of new challenges caused by climate change, including devastating crop loss and increased droughts.
Barry Callebaut and Prova are launching a joint project empowering vanilla farmers in Madagascar, with IDH supporting the project with expertise and co-funding.
Nestle, Mondelez, Barry Callebaut, Olam, Hersheys, Cargill, Ecom, Lindt and Touton have joined together towards efficiently curbing malnutrition of cocoa communities in Cote D'Ivoire and Ghana.
The IDH Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) is convening a platform to facilitate public-private dialogue and joint action between government, industry and local populations in the wider Taï Forest region.
The initial approach to declining soil fertility of cocoa farms by the cocoa sector was to increase the availability of high-quality cocoa fertilizer at an affordable costs to cocoa farmers in West Africa.
Making cocoa farming more sustainable and profitable for farmers
Barry Callebaut and IDH have signed an MoU to start programs to improve sustainability of cocoa and livelihoods of cocoa farmers (including farmer finance, gender, nutrition, landscape protection and crop diversification).
To improve agriculture, business practices and productivity, IDH, convened civil society, corporate and finance organizations in coalitions with the aim of creating new financing models to fund smallholder farmer perennial crops (Cocoa, Coffee, Tea).
“Whites don’t cheat” was one of the remarks given by a cocoa farmer, when asked why he would sell to Ecom. This initially shocking remark was later revealed as an indication of the importance of integrity in developing relations with smallholders.
Volkert Engelsman, CEO of EOSTA @IDH_buzz workshop at MVO NYE: the current way we produce food is criminal
Mondelēz Intl. establishes new partnership to protect forests in Ghana https://t.co/bq7LtZVFrz