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October 21, 2011

Posted by John Dixon ADNFCR-1076-ID-800771100-ADNFCR

People in procurement jobs at confectionary firms and other food manufacturers will able to source sustainable cocoa more easily thanks to a new global initiative aimed at boosting production.

The World Cocoa Foundation, the US Agency for International Development and the Sustainable Trade Initiative are behind the African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI).

It will invest in sustainable cocoa programs in West Africa, where the crop, 90 per cent of which comes from small farmers, is major source of income.

The five-year, $13.5 million (£8.6 million) programme will focus on the four producing countries of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria.

It aims to foster public-private cooperative investments in cocoa and agriculture, improve the genetic quality and productivity of the cocoa varieties, expand farmer education and training schemes, and improve the agriculture input supply chain serving the famers.

The announcement comes just after Kraft confirmed that it is expanding its sustainable cocoa initiative into the Dominican Republic, following the success of the programme in Ghana.