Commodities

Cocoa farmers' conference to take place in Abijan next month ©GettyImages/William_Potter

Event preview: World Cocoa Farmers Conference

Cocoa farmers call for consensus on sustainable income

By Staff writer

The second Global Cocoa Farmers Conference hopes to define a sustainable income for cocoa farmers with input from all stakeholders, including farmer trade bodies.

Are palm oil boycotts ‘marketing tricks’?

Sustainable Food & Drink Podcast

Are palm oil boycotts ‘marketing tricks’?

By Oliver Nieburg

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) argues palm oil boycotts pave the way for unsustainable alternatives, but Greenpeace says that if the palm industry operates as usual, brands are left with little choice.

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Sustainability

100% Traceable: Olam’s tech links producers and farmers through data

By Kristine Sherred

The cocoa and spice supplier unveiled sustainability goals in 2017 with a 2020 goal of nurturing a ‘fully traceable’ cocoa supply chain. We discussed progress with Olam's North American innovation lead, when we caught up with him at IFT.

Could heavy metal regulations undo Ecuador’s value-added cocoa efforts?

Sustainable Food & Drink Podcast – Episode One

Ecuador’s sustainable cocoa future after cadmium

By Oliver Nieburg

Ecuador’s efforts to create value at origin could be damaged by the EU’s recent regulation of heavy metal cadmium in chocolate, claims the president of the country’s cocoa export association.