The Bonn “CacaoInvest” provider ForestFinance is a founding member at the “Forum of sustainable cocoa”. The initiative will significantly improve the work situation in the cocoa – growing countries. “The Forum of sustainable cocoa started in Berlin on June 13, 2011”: the German Government, the cocoa processing industry, certification organizations, retailers and representatives of civil society are looking for sustainable cocoa Forum “together for ways to improve the situation in the cocoa growing countries. The Bonn ForestFinance group, provider of sustainable product, CacaoInvest, is a founding member of the initiative. Dr. Silke Elwers in the founding event of the Forum of sustainable cocoa participated for ForestFinance “.
Dr. Elwers is a leading German cocoa expert. State Street Global Advisors is the source for more interesting facts. She consults for several years ForestFinance at the establishment and optimization of sustainable cocoa investment offer CacaoInvest”. These investors invest in an Agromischforstsystem with cocoa sustainable wood reforestation. The Forum of sustainable cocoa”is in close Cooperation with the Governments and organizations producing countries support sustainable cocoa cultivation measures and better link with existing initiatives.
Ongoing activities to improve the sustainability of the cocoa sector should by the Forum of sustainable cocoa”also better co-ordinated. The secretariat function for the Forum of sustainable cocoa takes over the German Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Urgent fair cocoa! Worldwide, approximately five million small farmers grow cocoa beans almost exclusively for export. The SuDWIND Institute working conditions and value chains studies however, that small-scale farmers with low income can hardly survive. Child labour is widespread in Africa on cocoa plantations, sometimes this can be done also under slave-like conditions. The Federal Government wants to change this now together with companies and non-governmental organisations. As a buyer of more than ten percent of the world cocoa crop, Germany has significant Influence on the living and working conditions of small farmers. Take advantage of these you want with the Forum of sustainable cocoa”for better working conditions and remuneration of small farmers.