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MAP Quest: Gathering Success Stories on the Road in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire

Blaine DeLuca, supply chain manager for Mars North America, recently contributed his video skills to a unique Mars Ambassador Program assignment that took him along hundreds of miles of dirt trails and into remote towns and villages in Africa’s Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. His goal was to videotape compelling first-person testimonials that would help to expand awareness and support for the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), … Read more

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Introducing new member to the sustainability communications team – Christopher Davault

Happy Valentine’s Day to cocoa lovers everywhere!

As a newer member of the cocoa sustainability team handling communications, I wanted to introduce myself.  My name is Christopher Davault, and I am the Global Manager for Cocoa Sustainability and Leadership Communications at Mars Global Chocolate. I lead both internal and external global communication initiatives for the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative and am the point person for all … Read more

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Cocoa transforming lives in Vietnam

A recent article in Viet Nam News about the emergence of cocoa as an important crop in Vietnam highlights how Mars’s efforts in that country, in conjunction with our partners at USAID, USDA, the World Cocoa Foundation, and ACDI/VOCA, are aiding a women cocoa farmer, Hbim Kbrong, and her family:

For Hbim Kbrong, a M’Nong woman in Yang Tao Commune’s Phok Village, her new cocoa

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Mars Releases Assessment of Gender and Women’s Empowerment in Côte d’Ivoire’s Cocoa Sector

Mars Chocolate is committed to empowering women cocoa farmers, who provide 45% of the labor on cocoa farms in Côte d'Ivoire

In April, Mars Chocolate signed the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles as a demonstration of our commitment to empowering women in the cocoa sector.  As part of our commitment to promoting the principle of “Mutuality”, Mars Chocolate commissioned an expert third party assessment of gender and women’s empowerment within the western region of Côte d’Ivoire where we are pursuing a large cocoa development program.

While the … Read more

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Mars’ Pioneering Role in Vietnam Bearing Pods

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Vietnam’s cocoa development received a shot in the arm when Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam opened its Cocoa Development Centre & Cocoa Collection and Fermentation Plant in Ben Tre, a province in Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, on November 14, 2013.  Puratos Grand-Place offers products and application expertise in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors, and they have found the chocolate made from Vietnam cocoa bean gives … Read more

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African Cocoa Breeders Working Group (ACBWG) meets in Reading UK in October

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With support from MARS, Inc. and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), the African Cocoa Breeders Working Group (ACBWG) met in Reading, U.K. from October 14-18 to discuss progress made by regional projects originally launched through this collaborative network.

Breeders from Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo met with scientists from the University of Reading, the International Center for Agricultural Research and Development (CIRAD), the … Read more

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Cocoa Academy: Indonesia’s Cocoa Doctor Robin

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Robin is one of the first cocoa doctors to graduate from the Cocoa Academy. In 2010, when he brought back the grafting technique to Mayoa village, it was still a very new concept to most of the cocoa farmers. With a 95% guaranteed survival rate and the pioneer advantage of setting a relatively higher price (budwood at $0.3 USD each, grafting service at $ 1USD/tree), … Read more

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Mars Ambassador Program Visits Vision for Change in Côte d’Ivoire

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Every year, Mars offers to several volunteer associates the possibility to take part in the Mars Ambassador Program. This consists of assignments in various areas worldwide that focus on societal and environmental challenges that are linked to Mars business.

As part of this program, I had the opportunity to travel in September 2013 to Côte d’Ivoire, to work on an important aspect of Vision 4 … Read more

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Cocoa Sustainability Discussed at the UN Global Compact’s Leaders Summit

A few weeks ago, Barry Parkin spoke at the UN Global Compact’s Leaders Summit in New York City.  The triennial summit brings together high‐level ministers from different countries, CEOs, and executives from civil society. This year, the theme was Architects of A Better World and it focused on engaging the business world with the agenda of the United Nations.

In addition to discussing cocoa sustainability … Read more

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Professor David Zilberman: On Life and Cocoa in the Ivory Coast

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David Zilberman, a professor of agriculture and resource economics at University of California Berkeley, recently visited Côte d’Ivoire and shared her perspective on his blog.  He has agreed to allow us to repost it here, but you can also find it at the Berkeley Blog:

This week I returned from my fourth trip to Africa, this time to the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire, but … Read more

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