Topics Archives: Farmer Training

Engagement and Skill-Sharing in Vietnam

Vietnam blog post 2 11-07-14

The Mars Vietnam Sustainability Team has seen much growth with its efforts in Vietnam this year. Through skill-sharing events and a new focus on cocoa expansion, the Sustainability Team is creating a culture of knowledge and dialogue surrounding cocoa sustainability in that country. Here is an update on our accomplishments in cocoa development and farmer education and empowerment.

The CDCs in Vietnam have been

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Mars Global Chocolate Supports CocoaAction

See senior Mars associates discuss why we are supporting the CocoaAction strategy in this new video:

 

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

A Visit to Petit Bondoukou

DSC_2051

We recently returned from a visit to the village of Petit Bondoukou in Côte d’Ivoire, where the program is already reaching that community.  Below are a few pictures from that trip, where we visited a school and met with Joel Yao, an operator of one of the newly-opened Cocoa Village Centers (CVCs) that are so critical to our efforts there.  You’ll be hearing more

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

Improving Community Development Practices

Capitalization workshop - Soubré

As part of its Vision for Change program, Mars has been supporting Community-driven development activities in the Soubré region of western Côte d’Ivoire since 2011.  For some communities involved since the beginning, it is time to take stock of the activity.

Since the beginning of 2014, members of the ICRAF (International Center for Research on Agroforestry) implementation team have been conducting “capitalization” meetings with

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

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

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

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

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

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

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

Cocoa Academy: Indonesia’s Cocoa Doctor Robin

Cocoa Doctor Robin Chart 110713

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 $

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

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

2 in Field training 103013

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

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment

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

IMG_1097-300x225

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,

Read more

Tagged as: | Leave a comment