Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012
Although Nestlé does not own any cocoa farms or plantations, we are committed to contributing to more sustainable cocoa growing through partnership programmes.
Nestlé is funding a three-year project with three co-operatives of about 3,000 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire.
This scheme, in conjunction with the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), cocoa exporter ECOM Agroindustrial and local non-governmental organisation FEMAD (Women, Action and Development) aims to improve cocoa farmers’ incomes, protect the environment, combat child labour, improve school attendance and increase HIV awareness.
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Further research into, and distribution of, cocoa plants has a major impact on the ability of cocoa farmers to grow more, higher-quality crops over the long term, and thus sustain a higher income.
In Côte d’Ivoire, our programme is the only one to propagate through seed, cuttings and accelerated propagation. We have built a 30 hectare experimental and demonstration farm near Yamoussoukro to serve as a farmer training academy and plant research and propagation centre.
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