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Cadbury’s offers helping hand to cocoa farms

February 2005

Cadbury Schweppes is to attempt to boost the incomes of Ghana’s cocoa farmers through a partnership with two civil society groups.

The three organizations will improve wildlife habitats as a preliminary to creating Ghana’s first eco-tourism businesses sited on cocoa farms.

Cadbury Schweppes will work in eastern Ghana with the UK-based Earthwatch Europe, which specializes in sustainable development, and the Ghana Nature Conservation Research Centre, to encourage new farming methods for growing cocoa in a ‘more ecologically balanced environment’, with a view also to increasing yields.

The partners hope the mix of conservation and farming will enable farmers to earn money from both agriculture and tourism.
Cadbury Schweppes, which sources all its cocoa beans from Ghana, will offer employees the chance to work as volunteers on the scheme.

Matthew Litobarski, the company’s head of global supply, expects the programme, which will receive £90,000 ($168,000) funding through the Cadbury Schweppes Foundation, to ‘develop our long-term relationships with cocoa farmers in Ghana, help to improve the livelihoods of the farmers upon whom we rely, and allow our staff to become involved in a biodiversity programme’.

The UK-based confectionery group has belonged to Earthwatch’s 38-member Corporate Environmental Responsibility Group for nearly ten years.

The group shares ideas about environmental best practice.



Further Information
http://www.earthwatch.org/europe/corporate/ep.html
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