Barry Callebaut describes ‘Becoming positive actions for the forest’ for 2021 and beyond
“By working closely and in close collaboration with industry, governments and civil society, we can continue to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves.
“Going forward, we will continue to explore what is needed to scale innovative solutions and explore the latest technological opportunities. In addition, we will intensify our efforts to promote large-scale reforestation, in order to become positive forests, mitigate the effects of climate change and restore the forest ecosphere ”. He engages in the report.
I think we should be extremely proud – Pablo Perversi, Chief Innovation, Sustainability & Quality Officer, Barry Callebaut
Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana respectively lost 25% and 8% of primary forest between 2002-20191. With a significant share of deforestation attributable to the expansion of cocoa farming, collective action to end cocoa-related deforestation was needed and at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference, frameworks for action of the FCI, defining the fundamental commitments and time-bound objectives required for deforestation. – cocoa supply chain without forest products, was established in partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation.
“CFI is the first ever agreement by an industry in a multi-party manner to solve, with clear responsibility from all parties, the problems of sustainability and, in this case, deforestation ”.Pablo Perversi, Director of Innovation, Sustainability and Quality, Barry Callebaut, explains to ConfectioneryNews.
“When you look at what we’re trying to achieve, and where we are today, compared to 2017 when we signed the deal, I think we should be extremely proud. Not only as British Columbia, but also as an industry – including the World Cocoa Foundation, the IDH (Initiative for Sustainable Trade), the Ivorian and Ghanaian governments … because we have passed a industry to responsibility, we have shifted government to responsibility to solve some of the problems. “
As a founding member of CFI, Barry Callebaut’s main CFI accomplishments in 2020 include mapping 158,830 farms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in its direct supply chain in order to establish traceability of cocoa volumes from its mapped farms. “We undertook this work as a priority“He said and”mapping the size and geography of a farm indicates whether it is located in or near a protected forest area“.
Hamidu Issaka is a Barry Callebaut Community Development Manager, based in Kumasi, Ghana, who helps cocoa farmers acquire key skills and knowledge to improve their lives and communities by using responsible working practices, professionalizing their farms, increase productivity and increase resilience to climate change. .
“We often find that a farmer has no idea the size of their farm, which may not seem like such a huge problem. But, for example, if a farmer thinks his plot is four hectares, when in fact it is only two hectares, consider the substantial savings he could make by purchasing fertilizer for just two hectares. In addition, it also prevents the farmer from applying too much fertilizer, which has a negative impact on the yield. Mapping allows farmers to better understand their own operationsHe said.
In his CFI progress report, Barry Callebaut also says he continues to make an impact despite challenges from COVID-19, and other key achievements include public disclosure of his direct cocoa suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire and in Ghana, training farmers in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and on-farm and off-farm catering, through the distribution of seedlings and native trees.
“If you look at what’s going on right now, we’ve actually done a mapping of farmers on the ground. We planted trees. We did trainings on the conditions of good agricultural practices for farmers – and the number of agroforestry initiatives that I actually see taking place in the future is absolutely huge in terms of the number of hectares covered by agroforestry.
“So what you are starting to see is that the momentum of the action, and the impact is delivering results in terms of stopping the rate at which deforestation was actually increasing in Ivory Coast and Ghana and that. is the ultimate goal of what we are trying to achieve,Perverse said.
- Learn more about the progress of Barry Callebaut’s CFI here.
– The title of this article was modified on 7/5/2021 from Barry Callebaut highlights “ becoming a positive forester for 2021 and beyond ” AT Barry Callebaut describes “ becoming positive actions for the forest ” for 2021 and beyond.