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Cocoa Production and Related Social-Economic and Climate Factors: A Case Study of Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria, Adeniyi, O. R., and Ogunsola G.O. , Agricultural Science , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Nigeria, p.13, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Quality control by the determination of heavy metals in new variety of cocoa (cocoa mercedes) in Côte d’Ivoire. , Yapo, Kicho Denis, and Ouffoue Sébastien Koffi , Journal de la Société Ouest-Africaine de Chimie , 06/2014, Côte d’Ivoire, p.64, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa agroforestry a bridge for sustainable organic cocoa Production, Nunoo, Isaac, and Owusu Victor , 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference, 10/2014, Istanbul, Turkey, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
UTZ CERTIFIED IMPACT REPORT, UTZ certified , Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)

Sustainable cocoa economy: a comprehensive and participatory approach

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TitleSustainable cocoa economy: a comprehensive and participatory approach
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsEconomy, Consultative Board on t
Publication Languageeng
Keywordscertification, chain governance, corporate social responsibility, environmental policies, farmer income, green production, multi-stakeholder alliances, poverty alleviation, private sector policies, social policies, trade & industry

To achieve a more sustainable world cocoa economy the industry needs to start taking more focused action as soon as possible. Data on the current situation needs to be collected, publicly reported, activities towards sustainability goals need to be developed and the resulting improvements should then be (independently) validated. These concepts and the guidelines for activities and practices towards sustainability have to be agreed on a global scale and, subsequently, on a national or regional scale for each country for which cocoa is of substantial importance. Policies, programmes and projects implemented by stakeholders should all be geared towards achieving a sustainable cocoa economy. In the light of its global cocoa mandate, the ICCO should play a leading role in the development and implementation of such an action programme and in making the necessary cross border comparisons. Different forms of sustainability are highlighted and the business need for corporate social responsibility is emphasized. Ten indicators to measure progress in achieving sustainability are presented. To move the process forward, it is necessary to seek the views and feedback from all major stakeholders through hosting a Round Table Meeting for a Sustainable World Cocoa Economy. The Round Table Meeting would serve as a forum for a participatory and comprehensive approach to find a fair balance between the three pillars to attain a sustainable cocoa economy.


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