World confectionery bodies and companies join together supporting cocoa communities affected by coronavirus
A total of 30 companies and organisations including global confectionery groups have joined together to donate $835,000 for cocoa farmers during the coronavirus pandemic through supporting government emergency plans in West Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
A joint venture has been launched between the Jacobs Foundation, a global youth development organisation, and major players in the chocolate sector to create a national action plan tackling child labour in Ivory Coast.
Farmers working in major cocoa territories based in Ghana and Ivory Coast are gaining key updates from Cargill’s digital farming tool helping amplify government measures around safety and sanitation designed to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
The global Cargill group has been confirmed as a sponsor of our debut World Confectionery Conference in Belgium.
A report from Lumina Intelligence has highlighted potential for technology to address blind spots that have allowed land degradation and forest clearing to persist despite the chocolate industry’s push for deforestation-free cocoa.