Joseph had always been a carpenter. After his father passed away, he inherited his cocoa farm. With no cocoa and no money, he quickly realised he needed to do things differently. Through the Cocoa Horizons farmer training programme, Joseph learned how to sustainably prune, plant and revitalise his cocoa trees. For the very first time, he started giving back to nature. And after just a year, the trees gave back to him. Today, he is proud of his yield. He receives money for his good beans and even gets a premium for their quality.

“Being a farmer is a lot like carpentry. You have to put love in a piece of wood to really make something beautiful out of it. Today, the cocoa trees thrive. And I’m proud of my farm.”

- Joseph -
Cocoa Farmer, Ghana

HOW WE ELEVATE THOUSANDS
FARMERS TO COCOA CRAFTSMEN

Challenges 

While most of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, the region faces the most severe sustainability challenges. 60% of IC farmers live below the poverty line*. Lack of knowledge about good farming practices, plantation management and cocoa quality directly impacts crop yields, crop quality and the life cycle of their plantations.

*Sustainable Baseline Analysis conducted within 326 communities with whom Barry Callebaut implemented sustainability programs.

 

Your contribution supports

Providing training on good agricultural practices, literacy and numeracy skills and child protection so farmers can commercialise their product and inspire the youth in their communities.

Paying a cash premium to farmers and providing them access to tools, equipment, infrastructure and education to thrive.

Ensuring that farmers can register for a savings account, make money deposits and access their credit. 

 

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Are you a chef, chocolatier, baker, barista or gelato maker? Show customers your work with sustainable Belgian Chocolate & spread the change in-store with customisable communication tools. Because together, we can make sustainable the norm.
 

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EMPOWERING WOMEN FARMERS

FOSTERING A NEW GENERATION OF YOUNG FARMERS

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CHANGE ON THE HORIZON 
Discover the change we make together in latest facts

FARMER GROUPS WE WORK WITH 
Explore some of the farmer cooperatives we cooperate with and buy our cocoa beans from 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Dive into some of the FAQ about the Cocoa Horizons programme