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Cadbury, UNDP team up for sustainable cocoa farming

Summary

Cadbury announced in 2008 the establishment of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ghanaian Government and other partners, in an initiative designed to secure the sustainable livelihoods of a million farmers in cocoa-growing communities across Ghana, India, Indonesia and the Caribbean.

Cadbury is to invest seed funding of US$2 million (£1 million) in 2008 to establish the Partnership, with annual funding levels rising to US$10 million (£5 million) by 2010. Seventy percent of the funds will be invested in small farming communities in Ghana, which provides the cocoa beans for Cadbury’s UK chocolate.

With current cocoa yields hitting only 40 percent of their potential in the African country, the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership is designed to improve the income of cocoa farmers by helping them increase their yields and produce top quality beans, introduce new sources of rural income through microfinance and business support, and invest in community-led development from schools and libraries to biodiversity protection projects and wells for clean water.