CBI helps cocoa farmers in Sierra Leone improve their production and export
Civil wars have affected the cocoa industry in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Via the Cocoa Mano River Union project, CBI wanted to develop an inclusive and sustainable cocoa value chain in these countries. In Sierra Leone, CBI supported the distribution company, Village Hope. Village Hope helps local farmers improve their cocoa bean production.
CBI helped Village Hope support local farmers. And the improved quality of the cocoa beans has already attracted the Dutch company Chocolatemakers. "CBI gave us the confidence to work with Village Hope," says Rodney Nikkels, the founder of Chocolatemakers. "With CBI involved, we know that the farmers will be paid well and that no child labour is involved. This collaboration ensures the high-quality cocoa we need for our chocolate. Hopefully, this will get Sierra Leone back in the spotlight as a cocoa-producing country."
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