Topics Archives: Cote d'Ivoire

Shared Value in Côte D’Ivoire: Creating a Vibrant Cocoa Sector

A few years ago, Mars was faced with the idea that we needed another Côte d’Ivoire to produce enough cocoa to meet the world’s growing chocolate demand by 2020. Given that cocoa was becoming a less attractive crop for farmers, and that Côte d’Ivoire was in a cycle of decline, we knew we needed a strategy for cocoa sustainability. As a company that’s always

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Minister Sangafowa Visits Mars-sponsored Cocoa Development Center in Soubré

Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Agriculture, M. Mamadou Sangafowa, along with a delegation of nearly 200 government officials traveled to a Mars-sponsored Cocoa Development Center in Soubré last month for a four-day field visit. While he was there, Minister Sangafowa commended V4C’s efforts to help cocoa farmers create sustainable businesses.

Earning Minister Sangafowa’s support represents a tremendous achievement for V4C. It clears the way for

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Mars Talks About Putting Farmers First at Chocovision 2012

I’ve just returned from Davos, Switzerland, where I presented at the Chocovision 2012 conference.  The conference brings together senior business leaders and key stakeholders in the cocoa and chocolate industry to discuss the future of the sector.  The theme for the event was “Balance the Challenge – From cocoa to chocolate – strategy, sustainability and success,” a topic about which we at Mars Chocolate

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Mars Meets our 2011 Certification Goal

As you may have seen, we announced today that Mars Chocolate met its 2011 benchmark of purchasing 10 percent certified sustainable cocoa – or approximately  30,000 tons – as part of its total supply.  In two short years, we have made dramatic progress towards reaching our ultimate goal of purchasing 100% of our cocoa from certified sustainable sources by 2020.

Mars Chocolate has set

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Mars Chocolate at Secretary Clinton’s Global Impact Economy Forum

Last Thursday, I was invited to speak at Secretary Clinton’s Global Impact Economy Forum, a gathering of 250 high-level investors, business executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics, and policymakers, in Washington, DC.  It was a great honor to have the work of the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative highlighted by the State Department and I was pleased to represent Mars Chocolate at the event.

The forum featured

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Cocoa Development Centers Take Off – ECOM becomes first supply chain partner to build CDC in Cote d’Ivoire

The effort to ensure that cocoa farmers can be more productive through training – to make sure they can learn about sophisticated farming practices and then utilize them on their own farms – is essential to Mars Chocolate’s sustainability efforts.  “Technology transfer” is a simple concept, but in practice, takes a lot of creative thinking and leadership from those in the industry who have

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A Challenge to Reach Millions of Cocoa Farmers

It is a thick, hot winter in Côte d’Ivoire, and the gritty Harmattan winds have settled a Saharan haze over Abidjan.  The exceptionally dry weather has started to harm the cocoa trees, and many are already predicting a smaller harvest later this year.

We have come from a week in Soubré, 5 hours drive or so (depending on the number of potholes you hit)

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Mars presents Vision for Change to US and Cote d’Ivoire Governments

During the week of January 23rd, representatives from the Governments of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire met with officials of the US Department of Labor, the congressional offices of Tom Harkin and Eliot Engel as well as the global cocoa industry for a series of meetings aimed at identifying more innovative and collaborative ways to address the worst forms of child labor in

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US Ambassador Carter Visits Mars CDC at Petit Bondoukou

 

US Ambassador Carter Visits Mars CDC at Petit Bondoukou

U.S. Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Philip Carter III paid a special visit to our local cocoa partners on the ground in Petit Bondoukou.  A team of us from Mars Chocolate joined Mr. Carter, his wife and the 3rd Secretary of the Embassy on the visit last week to discuss ways farmers can use

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More Cocoa to be Certified

The folks at The Hershey Company are taking a step in the right direction with their announcement today that they are expanding their cocoa programs.  The company announced that they will be working with The Rainforest Alliance, who is one of Mars Chocolate’s certifying partners as well.

Why is this news important?  Because it means that more farmers will benefit from certification, which will

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