• Barry Callebaut and Cameroon signed a letter of intent for the development of a model for sustainable cocoa farming and income diversification initiatives as well as improve cocoa volumes through sharing productivity best practices;
• Signatories will particularly focus on supporting the next generation of cocoa farmers in Cameroon through the NEW GENERATION program initiated by the CICC.
Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, and the government of Cameroon signed a letter of intent May 23, to intensify the cooperation on sustainable cocoa farming, in particular, supporting the next generation of cocoa farmers. Barry Callebaut and the Cameroon government aim to support the next generation of cocoa farmers from Cameroon through the NEW GENERATION* program by establishing access to family farm plots, training, inputs, financing and equipment acquisition.
In addition, the focus will be on cocoa farmer income diversification programs, by promoting, next to cocoa farming, the cultivation of other agricultural products and the marketing of these products.
The Cameroon NEW GENERATION program was initiated by the Cameroon Cocoa and Coffee Interprofessional Council (CICC) to eliminate those barriers that are currently stopping many young Cameroonians from succeeding their parents in cocoa farming. The program aims for the establishment of Centres of Excellence for post-harvest treatment, as well as the systematization of good agriculture and post-harvest practices.
"Without cocoa farmers, there is no chocolate. By combining the expertise and resources on the ground from the CICC and Barry Callebaut we want to accelerate the progress towards a sustainable cocoa farming sector, in order for cocoa farming to remain an attractive professional future for young Cameroonians."
Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO, Barry Callebaut
The signatories envisage to present the first outcomes of their collaboration in early 2020.
*The NEW GENERATION program, launched in 2012 by the CICC, was established to rejuvenate cocoa farms, introduce young Cameroonians into cocoa farming and lower the average age for cocoa farmers in Cameroon.
About Barry Callebaut Group
With annual sales of about CHF 6.9 billion (EUR 6.0 billion / USD 7.1 billion) in fiscal year 2017/18, the Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group (barry-callebaut.com) is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The Group runs about 60 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of more than 11,500 people.
The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers. The two global brands catering to the specific needs of these Gourmet customers are Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®. The Barry Callebaut Group is committed to sustainable cocoa production to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods. It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.
About the CICC
The CICC represents all the Cameroon professionals working in the cocoa and coffee sector.