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What the cocoa industry needs to know about restoring forests
Cocoa is a popular and much sought after ingredient for a number of global food brands. It’s also associated with deforestation in the tropical countries in which it’s grown. This has led to many brands and food businesses committing to protecting forests in the areas in which they source their cocoa beans from.

Take Ivory Coast as an example. It produces 40% of the world’s supply of cocoa, and all grown by smallholder farmers who rely on growing and selling the crop to earn a living. Faced with poverty, some of these farmers have encroached onto protected forests to farm.

Only by understanding these peoples’ lives and giving them the support and opportunity to use regenerative agricultural practices can their livelihoods be improved and forests regenerated and restored.

So how do you involve local cocoa growing communities when it comes to forest restoration? What factors are affecting them? And where do they most need support in order to be free from any attempt at deforestation?

Our forthcoming webinar will answer this, using Cavally Forest in Ivory Coast as an example, where we work alongside Nestlé, Ivorian government and cocoa farming communities to protect forests.

Speakers:

Renzo Verne, Head of Switzerland, Earthworm Foundation (Moderator)
Ynsa Traoré, Technical Advisor, Ivorian Ministry of Water and Forests (MINEF)
Darrell High, Cocoa Lead, Nestlé
Gerome Tokpa, Head of West Africa, Earthworm Foundation

Sep 22, 2021 04:00 PM in Zurich

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