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Largest Cocoa-Producing Countries Agree to Work With Hershey, Nestle, Mars

Governments of the two largest cocoa-producing countries — Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana — pledged themselves to “Frameworks for Action” with leading chocolate and cocoa companies at COP23 this month to end deforestation and restore forest areas in the cocoa supply chain.

The countries agreed to work with some of the biggest names in confectionery, including Mars Wrigley, Nestle and The Hershey Company.

Central to the frameworks is a commitment to not convert any more forest land for cocoa production. The companies and governments pledged to eliminate illegal cocoa production in national parks, in line with stronger enforcement of national forest policies and development of alternative livelihoods for affected farmers.

Those involved in the Framework for Action, which is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, say it will play a crucial role in sequestering carbon stocks and thereby addressing global and local climate change.

Ghana’s Minister of Land & Natural Resources released a statement committing to work with those involved in the Framework for Action to “end deforestation and promote forest protection and restoration in the cocoa supply chain in Ghana.”

Sustainable livelihoods and income diversification for cocoa farmers will be accelerated through food crop diversification, agricultural intercropping, development of mixed agroforestry systems, and other income generating activities designed to boost and diversify household income while protecting forests, the groups say.

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The countries agreed to work with some of the biggest names in confectionery, including Mars Wrigley, Nestle and The Hershey Company.

Central to the frameworks is a commitment to not convert any more forest land for cocoa production. The companies and governments pledged to eliminate illegal cocoa production in national parks, in line with stronger enforcement of national forest policies and development of alternative livelihoods for affected farmers.

Those involved in the Framework for Action, which is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, say it will play a crucial role in sequestering carbon stocks and thereby addressing global and local climate change.

Ghana’s Minister of Land & Natural Resources released a statement committing to work with those involved in the Framework for Action to “end deforestation and promote forest protection and restoration in the cocoa supply chain in Ghana.”

Sustainable livelihoods and income diversification for cocoa farmers will be accelerated through food crop diversification, agricultural intercropping, development of mixed agroforestry systems, and other income generating activities designed to boost and diversify household income while protecting forests, the groups say.

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