An agreement has been signed by representatives of the cocoa sector and the Honduran government that could see many thousands of jobs created in the country.
The National Cacao Chain Committee (CNCC) and Secretariat of Agriculture of Honduras recently signed a Framework Agreement on Cocoa Competitiveness, an agreement that will govern policies and strategies used to strengthen the sector in the period 2019 to 2022. The agreement was a result of a consultation process. Its main aim is to preserve and increase the production of high-quality cocoa.
Luis Velex, General Manager of Chocolats Halba, one of the main buyers of cocoa in Honduras, said the agreement would help Honduran cocoa farmers obtain price premiums for the cocoa that they grow.
Rikolto, a member of the CNCC, helped to facilitate the consultation process and will support it in monitoring and evaluating goals and indicators set out in the agreement.
“This framework agreement is a benchmark that will guide stakeholders in the value chain,” said Fausto Rodriguez, Director of Rikolto in Latin America. “Its implementation is a sign of a national commitment to the development of a high-quality cocoa culture in Honduras.”
Carlos Melara, a representative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), said one of the Honduran cocoa sector’s priorities should be to increase productivity.
SDC is currently implementing the second phase of the PROCACAHO project in Honduras, which aims to provide technical assistance to enable farmers to enhance the quality of the cocoa that they grow and improve their competitiveness.
Together, Rikolto and SDC also implementing another project in Central America, ‘Knowledge Management in the Cocoa Value Chain,’ which aims to enhance competitiveness and inclusiveness at a regional level.