Alépé, East Abidjan, visit of a cooperative that is beginning to produces UTZ certified cocoa. They expect to get certified for the crop year 2010/2011. We were invited to a ceremony and after that to share a lunch/dinner (4PM) with the local vice governor! In his colonial house! Uphill in the middle of his locality. We ate a range of typical Ivorian dishes; Foutou with eggplant dressing (sauce aubergines) and braised chicken (poulet braisé) with atiéké (grated cassava/manioc). Last visit of a co-op at Bonoua (near Grand Bassam) late in the afternoon before driving back to Abidjan.
That was 3 awesome days 🙂
“A better price for a better product”. The UTZ code of conduct includes: no child labor, access to education, responsible use of agrochemicals, no deforestation, producer training on good agricultural practices and post-harvest handling, internal control system, inspections and traceability.
Policy on pricing: farmers get a price “premium” on UTZ certified cocoa beans. Premium that reflects the extra price paid for certified cocoa compared to non-certified.
Responsible and sustainable cocoa production is, I believe, the future for IVC, farmers as well as consumers and I encourage you to have a look at the UTZ logo in supermarkets (chocolate Frey at Migros for instance!).
For more information please visit: http://www.utzcertified.org/cocoa