VALRHONA: WORKING TO GROW SUSTAINABLE COCOA

OUR COMMITMENT: CACAO FOREST
Valrhona is an active member of Cacao Forest, working alongside producers, companies, researchers, consumers and NGOs to reinvent the way cocoa is grown, using agroforestry.

WHAT IS AGROFORESTRY?
Agroforestry means planting trees alongside other trees or plants to create productive, profitable and environmentally friendly land-use systems. The combination of certain plant species with others creates natural feedback mechanisms that enable them all to grow better, in turn improving biodiversity, soil health and crop production.

WHY THE NEED FOR THIS PROJECT?
Today, while the industry increasingly adopts intensive monocropping practices, small producers continue to struggle to make a living from cocoa. Cocoa cultivation is also often associated with damaging effects on the environment, most notably through deforestation and the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
We need to do things di­fferently! We are committed to working alongside producers for the long-term sustainability of the cocoa sector and all that work within it. We want to create a true alternative, drawing on people all along the value chain to together offer innovative, responsible solutions.

CACAO FOREST’S SOLUTION
Working hand in hand with producers, we are creating new agroforestry based ways of growing cocoa that will:

Together, we draw on our shared expertise to create and test which agroforestry systems deliver the best results for people and the environment.

WHAT IS CACAO FOREST’S LONG TERM VISION?
We are innovating for the sustainable cocoa of the future. This means creating new ways of growing cocoa with producers that are adapted to their social and environmental realities, as well as their local practices. Our goal is that our agroforestry-based models provide a profitable, environmentally responsible alternative to classic intensive systems and that once tested, these be adopted at regional and national levels.
In the long run, we hope to apply our methodology across different continents, to identify which cultivation systems are best suited to farmers’ conditions - their landscape, traditions and culture – in different parts of the world.

OUR TEAM
The Cacao Forest team is made up of a unique cross-industry partnership between private companies, researchers, NGOs and consumers, working closely with farmers and local experts such as FUNDOPO and CONACADO.


To find more about the project and our members, or to join the team, go to: www.cacaoforest.org
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