Growing cocoa quality
“I’ve seen a major increase in the crop yields by applying the techniques I was taught in the farmer field school.”
Yvette Ayehoue Anin – cocoa farmer
WORKING TOGETHER WITH FARMERS TO GROW MORE AND BETTER QUALITY COCOA BEANS
The source of change: cocoa bean quality.
Cocoa is a complex crop that demands just the right climate conditions, a healthy soil and great care from dedicated farmers. In West Africa, where most of the world’s cocoa is grown, depleted soil, poor farming practices, aging trees and aging farmers have led to a decline in cocoa productivity.
To change that and turn cocoa into an attractive cash generating crop for more cocoa farmers, Callebaut® educates farmers on cultivation practices for better yields, enabling a direct and sustainable source of income for cocoa farmers and their families.
Training in farmer field schools
In farmer field schools, member farmers from participating cooperatives learn both theoretical principles and hands-on techniques that – if applied well – yield immediate crop results. The farmers are taught about plantation maintenance, soil management, tree care and complex cocoa processes, such as bean fermentation and drying. The result is clearly visible: crop yields have been steadily increasing. Furthermore, yields of top-grade cocoa beans are rising – the grade Callebaut® requires of its Finest Belgian Chocolate.
Planting new trees for the cocoa of tomorrow
The care for trees and tree maintenance take the central stage in the farmer education. Understanding the importance of planting trees, we’ve established tree nurseries, where we grow cocoa trees and the taller shade trees on which cocoa trees depend to mature properly. Cocoa farmers can buy seedlings of both types at cost price and plant both for tomorrow’s cocoa and ecological diversity. Stimulating the farmers to plant new trees, contributes to the cocoa beans of tomorrow.