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Olam Cocoa To End Deforestation

Olam Cocoa has announced further commitments to end deforestation and forest degradation in its cocoa supply chain.

The company said it has achieved 100 per cent traceability of its supply chain in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire as part of action plan to end deforestation due to cocoa in West Africa and is on track to achieve full traceability of its direct origination supply chain worldwide by 2020.

Olam said it is committed to supporting the restoration and preservation of 460,000 hectares of ‘forêts classées’ in Côte d’Ivoire and has mapped 100 per cent of its supplier network in Ghana and will use this data to identify suppliers perceived to be in areas of highest forest risk by the end of 2019.

The company is also distributing around 1.2 million multi-purpose shade trees in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and 2 million improved cocoa seedlings to farmers in Ghana in 2019 and training 104,000 cocoa farmers in good agricultural practices in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in 2019.

As a signatory to the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) Olam Cocoa is implementing an action plan to eliminate deforestation, protect and restore forests and work with farming communities that depend on cocoa for their livelihoods, both in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and across its global cocoa supply chain.

Arouna Coulibaly, Business Head Olam Cocoa, Côte d’Ivoire, said: “Olam Cocoa has already achieved 100% traceability from individual farms to first purchase point in both Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and has mapped its entire supplier network in Ghana to be able to identify deforestation risk hotspots. We are pushing ourselves even further by aiming to map Cote d’Ivoire and other countries by the end of 2019.”

Working with the Ivorian Ministry of Forests and Water and alongside national government institutions, Olam Cocoa has committed to protect and support restoration of the two forêts classées of Rapides Grah and Haute Dodo. These are located on the southern border of one of the last intact National Parks in the country, the Taï National Park.

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