Cadbury establishes partnership for cocoa farming
January 28, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Cadbury Schweppes P.L.C. announced a partnership to help secure the sustainability of about a million cocoa farmers and communities in Ghana, India, Indonesia and the Caribbean.
The Cadbury Cocoa Partnership will be carried out by the United Nations Development Program and other partners and marks 100 years since the Cadbury brothers began trading in Ghana.
"Sustainable cocoa production is vital to the company’s success in our chocolate markets," said Jim Chambers, president of Americas region. "We need to not only ensure the supply of the most important ingredient for our chocolate products but also guarantee a reliable, long-term source of the right quality cocoa, produced to the high standards our business, customers and consumers expect."
The partnership will focus on improving cocoa farmer incomes, introducing new sources of rural income, investing in community-led development and developing a pioneering model that will be led from the grass roots. Seventy per cent of the funds will be invested in small farms and farming villages in Ghana.