Having set a living income differential for the cocoa farmers in the countries grow, the authorities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are turning their attention to certification schemes and traceability.
According to Reuters, representatives of the Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana will meet chocolate makers and grinders in Abidjan this week to make plans to regulate the industry’s efforts to source cocoa sustainably.
Industry sources said they fear the new move might represent a major, costly overhaul of certification schemes.
“We are going to discuss sustainability. Everything is not good. There are things to review, for example, standards for certification. It must change,” said a source at Côte d’Ivoire’s Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC), the cocoa regulator.
A spokesman for Ghana’s cocoa regulator Cocobod, told Reuters the meeting with industry “aimed to come out with improved strategies to work towards sustainable cocoa production.”
A Bloomberg report said Côte d’Ivoire is to conduct a feasibility study with a view to establishing a traceability system for cocoa from December next year.
One of the aims of doing so would be to address deforestation and production of cocoa in protected areas.