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Africa Fairtrade Convention

Performers at the Africa Fairtrade Conference

Efforts to increase collaboration between cocoa producers, international traders, partner organizations and policy makers took a major step forward during the second annual Africa Fairtrade Conventionin Accra, Ghana on November 23rd through 26th.  The convention, which has grown substantially in just a year under the leadership of Fairtrade Africa Chairman Yorokamu Abainenamar and Executive Director Michael Nkonu, provided an opportunity

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Cocoa rehabilitation in Cote d’Ivoire: African agronomists trained on cocoa rehabilitation in Indonesia – Part 2

As Mars Chocolate launches and grows its innovative Vision for Change cocoa sustainability program, we’re implementing new training programs to help African agronomists develop the necessary skills and knowledge for cocoa rehabilitation.

A team of Mars Chocolate technicians and I recently began training 13 Ivorian agronomists at Mars Cocoa Development Centers in Sulawesi, Indonesia, where we are developing farming practices to help address

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Cocoa rehabilitation in Cote d’Ivoire: African agronomists trained on cocoa rehabilitation in Indonesia

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The following blog post is from Hussin Purung, Mars Cocoa Sustainability Field Manager in Indonesia.

The West African cocoa industry is at a crossroads.  Two million cocoa farmers are cultivating six million hectares of cocoa – most of which is on aging, declining farm land.  With no new land available for new farms, the African cocoa industry must rehabilitate

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Champion Ghanaian Farmer visits M&M’S World London

 

When the London M&MS® World store hosted a champion Ghanaian cocoa farmer, both ends of the supply chain met for a successful connection.

Samuel Awuni stood in the middle of London’s M&M’S® World store—nearly 4,200 miles from the fields of his Ghana cocoa farm—in complete awe.  Surrounded by shoppers reveling in five stories of brightly colored candies and merchandise, Samuel had

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Mars Chocolate Germany and UTZ Certified Visit Ghana Cocoa Farmering Schools

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Visit to Ghana – Attending a farmer field school

Note: This post is authored by Nico Schiller, Corporate Affairs Manager at Mars Chocolate Germany


Birds twittering in the rainforest, the steady chirp of cicadas. We are on a press trip to Ghana initiated by UTZ CERTIFIED and Mars Chocolate Germany to visit cocoa plantations. Sitting near the village of Gyankokrom in the middle of

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