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Why we use fine Belgian chocolate for our products

By Admin | August 22, 2018 | Chocolate, Origin, Sustainability, Safety, No child labour |

Treat yourself with Finest Belgian Chocolate

Created in the oldest factories in Belgium by roasting cocoa beans from the best West-African plantations – this chocolate is designed for the most discerning customers. From the first bite it evokes taste buds with its distinguishing chocolate taste no one can resist. That’s why chefs love it so much.

For creating Finest Belgian Chocolate it needs high quality cocoa beans. Collaborating with cocoa-farmers of West-Africa Callebaut® makes great improvements in farmers livelihoods. of every block or pack you purchase, part is reinvested in farmer training and community projects – in partnership with the Cocoa Horizons Foundation. The Cocoa Horizons Foundation is active in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tanzania. and focuses on two key pillars to address the challenges and achieve real progress: productivity and community.

Supporting farmers to increase productivity

To safeguard the future of cocoa, Callebaut® must support farmers to increase their yield per hectare, and help them earn a better income from cocoa farming. Better cocoa production practices are needed to ensure that cocoa farming is a viable option also for the next generation of growers, including young women. Callebaut® addresses this in two ways: by training farmers, and by paying a farmer premium.

Training farmers

Training enables farmers to grow cocoa sustainably and responsibly, increase their yields and improve their family’s livelihood. Callebaut® and the Cocoa Horizons Foundation also commit to training young generations of farmers and to turning the profession into an attractive career. Within a three-year cycle, all registered farmers are trained in order to build capacity and raise awareness of sustainable cocoa production practices. The training will cover the following topics:
- Good agricultural practices,
- Functional literacy,
- Child protection,
- Traceability,
- Quality,
- Health and safety.

Paying a farmer premium

Next to the training, a premium will be paid directly to farmers and farmer groups. It increases their income from cocoa farming and enables them to invest in their farms and communities.

Strengthening cocoa farmer communities

Together with partners, Callebaut® takes a long-term view, working with farmers to improve cocoa production practices while at the same time addressing critical social challenges in communities where farmers and their families live. Rural communities often lack basic infrastructure and services, including access to water, basic healthcare, and schools. That’s why we commit to contribute solutions in four key areas: education, child protection, women’s empowerment, and health.

Education

Education is the cornerstone of development. In addition to promoting school enrollment and attendance, Callebaut® contributes to infrastructure when communities lack adequate primary and secondary school facilities. This includes building and furnishing classrooms, building and furnishing canteens for school meals, constructing separate latrines for boys and girls, providing solar panels for lighting, and building teacher housing to attract and retain qualified staff. Helping to meet the expressed needs of communities and farmer groups, Callebaut® aims to provide more accessible, safe, and adequately equipped learning environments for children in cocoa-growing areas.

Source: Callebaut®