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COCOA & FORESTS INITIATIVE

The Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) is a joint partnership between the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and 35 cocoa and chocolate companies representing 85% of the world’s cocoa trade, to eliminate deforestation within the cocoa supply chain. CFI is consistent with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire’s Preservation, Rehabilitation and Extension Strategy. It is an essential component of the strategy. The Ministry of Water and Forests (MINEF) is coordinating the Initiative in Côte d’Ivoire.

CFI is facilitated by IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), with support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BUZA) and Partnerships for Forests (P4F) through the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank.

The overall goal of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative is to halt deforestation and forest degradation…

In 2007 the Prince of Wales established an initiative called the “Prince’s Rainforest Project” to address the issue of…

The main signatories are the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and 35 cocoa and chocolate companies…

Governance is the implementation of rules to ensure better coordination of stakeholders…

From 16 million hectares in 1900, the Ivorian forest cover fell to 7,850,864 hectares in 1990 and then to 3,401,146 in 2015…

With its scientific name “Theobroma cacao“, cocoa was introduced in Côte d’Ivoire by Portuguese merchants at the end of the 19th century…

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