Ferrero claims substantial inroads with its latest Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) report

By Anthony Myers

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More than 69,000 cocoa farmers are adopting agroforestry practices on their land, said Ferrero. Pic: Ferrero
More than 69,000 cocoa farmers are adopting agroforestry practices on their land, said Ferrero. Pic: Ferrero

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Ferrero has published its third annual Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) report, claiming to have achieved a ‘high level of traceability from farm to first purchase point’ in cocoa sourced from Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana.

With 346,000 hectares covered with deforestation risk assessments, Ferrero said it has doubled its initial target for 2022, and overcame additional challenges for Ferrero cocoa farmers and suppliers during the COVID-19 global pandemic

In partnership with the Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana governments, and leading cocoa and chocolate companies, the CFI report showcases a comprehensive programme of projects delivered across both countries to help end deforestation and preserve valuable forests.

"As one of the founding members of the Cocoa and Forest Initiative, Ferrero is committed to contributing to ending deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa sector, while championing socially and environmentally sustainable practices in our cocoa supply chain,​" said Marco Gonçalves, Chief Procurement & Hazelnut Company Officer at Ferrero.

Fundamental to driving positive change is visibility of the supply chain. In 2020-21 important steps have also been made on forest restoration made possible through additional investments.

Over 500,000 non-cocoa trees were distributed for off-farm planting, helping to restore 3,500 ha of forest area of which 200 ha in classified forests.

When combined with multi-purpose trees for on-farm planting, in total Ferrero has distributed 2 million trees in 2020-21 alone and 3 million trees since the start of its CFI action plan in 2018.

Additional achievements from 2020-21 include:

  • 69,000 cocoa farmers adopting agroforestry practices on their land, covering 111,000 ha.
  • Over 10,000 farmers involved in Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) initiatives. The PES initiative provides farmers with valuable resources and incentives such as financial payments, trainings, fertilisers and tools in return for their work on environmental protection and restoration.
  • Over 21,000 supported with Income Generating Activities, including: soap making, beekeeping and chicken farming.
  • 890 active Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) groups, involving 27,000 members mainly women. VSLA groups are self-managed groups of community members who meet regularly to save their money in a safe space and have access to small loans.
  • 397 communities involved in Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) covering over 55,000ha. The committees established in these communities work closely with the local authorities to identify areas for forest restoration and protection and receive support to implement activities to this end.

"As we enter the fourth year of the Cocoa and Forest Initiative, we continue our journey and learn from best practices to further strengthen our programme.​" said Marco Gonçalves.

  • Download Ferrero's Cocoa & Forests Initiative 2020-21 progress report here​.

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