Topics Archives: Cocoa Development Centers

An important moment for the cocoa industry at Petit Bondoukou

SLC visit to Petit Bondoukou 1

Holding my camera by the side road and shooting videos of the arrival at the stop of Petit Bondoukou of the cars of from the Cocoa Action delegation, I told to myself that I am a real privileged guy in being a part of this important cocoa industry event being held in Côte d’Ivoire. Wow, all the “big names” of the cocoa Industry (chocolate

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Mars’ Pioneering Role in Vietnam Bearing Pods

Puratos Grand-Place Opening Celebration

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

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Candy & Snack Today looks at Cocoa Sustainability Initiatives

Andy Harner and trainee, Cote d'Ivoire Dec. 2011

In case you missed it, Candy & Snack Today’s July/August issue featured a long special report on cocoa sustainability initiatives across the sector.  Along with other industry efforts, Mars’ Sustainable Cocoa Initiative was mentioned quite prominently.  Quoted in the piece was Andrew Harner, Global Cocoa Vice President, who summed up the challenges by saying, “we know that demand for cocoa has gone up by

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Cocoa Doctor Andi Asri: Helping Others Also Makes Me Succeed

Cocoa Doctor Andi Asri 3 v.4

Andi Asri is a cocoa doctor in Awo Village, south Sulawesi, Indonesia. The first time I met Andi was in Dec 2012 at the first “Best Cocoa Village Center Competition” in CDC Tarengge. Compared with other cocoa doctors, who were quite nervous talking to the audience, Andi’s interactive and relaxed way of presenting his CVC impressed all of us.

As we were preparing for

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Video on Vision for Change Shows Progress in Côte d’Ivoire

What does our Vision for Change program in Côte d’Ivoire look like on the ground?  How will it help farmers in Soubré?  What do the farmers themselves think of the effort to train them in methods like grafting and pruning?  You can find the answer to these questions in our new video on Vision for Change.

In the video, you will see the kinds

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Vision for Change’s Achievements in 2012

2012 was a banner year for the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative, and in particular for our Vision for Change projects in the Soubré region of Cote d’Ivoire.  We saw marked improvement in the four key areas of productivity, community development, monitoring and evaluation, and coalition building.  We thought we’d share with you just some of the important achievements we saw last year.

In the area

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From Côte d’Ivoire – World Cocoa Conference and More

Andy Harner Barry Parkin President Ouattara

Last week, we had the pleasure of attending the World Cocoa Conference in Abidjan, where Barry Parkin, our Global Procurement and Sustainability Head, gave a keynote address to the main session.

While at the conference, we also had the opportunity to meet with several of our industry peers, and at the end of the week, we signed the “Abidjan Declaration” to confirm our support

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Two Years of Progress in Petit Bondoukou

Pic Barry Parkin Petit Bondoukou Grafted Tree

Traveling to cocoa growing communities around the world has long been an important part of my job, and though it involves a lot of time in airplanes throughout the year, there’s just no substitute for seeing our projects in person and meeting the people involved.

On Sunday, November 18, I met with the chief and other leaders of Petit Bondoukou, one of the first

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Positive Changes to the Fairtrade Standard for Cocoa for Small Producer Organizations

Grafted Tree - Kragui Demo Plot - for NACS Booth

Here at Mars, we are encouraged to see the new changes to the Fairtrade Standard for Cocoa for Small Producer Organizations. At its core, our partnership with Fairtrade International shares the principle of putting farmers first. With regard to cocoa, yield and quality improvement offer significant income-generating opportunities for farmers, while at the same time protecting their livelihoods in the long term.

For too

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Mars Chocolate’s Sustainable Cocoa Initiative in NCA Journal

Take a few minutes to read this month’s issue of NCA Journal for a piece regarding our Sustainable Cocoa Initiative.  The magazine interviewed Andrew Harner for a comprehensive article on the work we are doing in cocoa sustainability, with a special focus on the Vision for Change program in Côte d’Ivoire.  It was gratifying to discuss with them the importance of the Cocoa Development

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