Mondelēz creates action plans to fight deforestation

Global confectionery, food, and beverage company Mondelēz International is increasing its efforts to fight deforestation.

Under the company’s Cocoa Life programme the firm has been fighting to protect and restore forests and tackle challenges across its cocoa supply chain.

The new plans follow Cocoa Life’s farmer-and-family-centred approach to reforestation: protect; produce; people. Highlights from the plans include: a commitment to map 100 per cent of its cocoa farms in its key origin countries of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Indonesia by 2019, to plant over 2.7m trees in its origin countries to restore forests by 2022, and to introduce payment for environmental services (PES) agreements to a cocoa farming context, encouraging farmers to protect and restore forests – it will have agreements with 33,000 farmers by 2022.

To date, Cocoa Life has trained more than 88,000 farmers on good agricultural practices and planted over a million non-cocoa trees on cocoa farms in Ghana alone – shade trees that are essential to providing protection for the cocoa crop.

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