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FERRERO LATEST CFI REPORT CLAIMS SUCCESS IN TRACEABILITY

Ferrero has released their 2020-21 Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) Progress Report, highlighting a number of achievements, such as improved transparency in the Cocoa value chain. In their latest report, the company admits to facing additional challenges resulting from the pandemic but states that they are nonetheless on track with their targets. The bulk of …

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Temperatures in the Abengourou department in Ivory Coast

The shift in season across West Africa means that temperatures slowly decrease in April and May. However, in the Abengourou department in Ivory Coast, the daily average temperatures continued to stay high until mid-April due to the worryingly high daytime temperatures, which were only partially offset by below-average ones at night. The good news is …

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HOW FARMERS LOSE FROM COCOBOD’S CURRENCY MANAGEMENT

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series ARE COCOBOD CHEATING FARMERS?

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MARS WRIGLEY CONFIDENT OF ACHIEVING CFI COMMITMENTS

In 2017, the World Cocoa Foundation launched the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), which is currently being implemented in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia, and more recently, Cameroon. The initiative is co-chaired by the respective governments of these countries and supported by P4F and BUZA. The 35 companies involved have signed the Cocoa & Forests Initiative …

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A fresh look at rains in the Asante Akim South Municipal District, Ghana

In light of the drought anomaly that occurred in April, we decided to write again about the Akim South municipal district in Ghana. This district received just over 70 mm in April, 35% less than the average. This was caused by a drought in the first half of the month, which was only partially helped …

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A SWEETER ALTERNATIVE TO FERMENTING COCOA?

Chocolate has been around for millennia in various forms, and people have experimented with different methods of processing it for nearly as long. Even today, researchers at the American Chemical Society have discovered a new Cocoa post-harvest treatment that could serve as an alternative to traditional fermentation. The new method, called ‘moist incubation’, reportedly produces …

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A CONTINENT OF FLAVOURS: DISCOVER CENTRAL AMERICA’S CACAO BEANS

Central America offers a great genetic variety of cacao beans. However, many growers lack the knowledge to take advantage of the opportunities this offers. As part of CBI’s Connecting Central America project, we help cacao growers identify the genetic groups they cultivate. We coach them on how to take better care of their crops and …

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OPINION: WHY BARRY CALLEBAUT IS WRONG TO STAY IN RUSSIA

Peter Boone, the CEO of Barry Callebaut, says it doesn’t ‘feel right’ to exit the Russian market. He is wrong, and the result will be to give more ammunition to their critics and add them to a widely published list, shaming companies that are failing the moral imperative. The Yale School of Management maintains a …

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HEAVY RAIN BRINGS HOPE FOR MID-CROP IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

Cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire have faced several challenges recently, including ‘catastrophic’ growing conditions that are predicted to significantly reduce the amount of cocoa the country can produce this season.  April marks the start of the cocoa mid-crop, where conditions are wet, and rainfall is expected in abundance. This year, however, the West African cocoa …

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