Tag: Côte d’Ivoire

Cocoa Barometer highlights poverty and unsustainable practices in the cocoa sector

A coalition of NGOs published a key report on the cocoa sector on April 19, 2018: the Cocoa Barometer. The Barometer is focused on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the world’s largest cocoa exporters. The Rainforest Alliance and UTZ program welcome the report, which highlights that efforts to address poverty and unsustainable practices in the cocoa […]

Celebrating the women who grow our cocoa

Meet Léonie Ossa Sona, cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire. Léonie feisty, independent and a born leader. The world needs more strong women like her. On this International Women’s Day Program Director Britta Wyss Bisang celebrates women like Léonie, talks about how far we have come with gender equality and how far we still need to go.

[Infographic] Powerful impact facts made visual

Communicating the impacts of sustainability is one of the most important – and difficult -aspects of moving a company’s sustainability mission ahead. That’s where our new impact facts can help. They are graphic highlights of UTZ achievements you can use to tell your sustainability story.

Voices from the field

Better cocoa for a brighter future. How partnerships accelerate change

Marcel Vernooij from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses the merits of a strategic partnership between the Dutch government and UTZ, aimed at achieving sustainable cocoa, tea and coffee sectors, by tackling the most critical issues for farmers that go beyond farm level. After visting Côte d’Ivoire he shares his blog

Voices from the field

UTZ supports farmers say no to child labor, yes to education

COOPAGA and CAFHS were the first cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire to join the UTZ program in 2009. We spoke to farmers about how UTZ certification has been helping local communities get children out of the fields and into school.

Your questions answered

Does the UTZ label guarantee a child labor free product?

For too long, child labor has been a fact of life in many communities – including the cocoa, coffee, tea, and hazelnut sectors. Siriki Diakité, who leads our work with more than 260,000 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, explains why guarantees are impossible – but that UTZ is leading efforts to eradicate child labor.

 
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