As part of the Mondelez Cocoa Life programme, a sustainability programme working to ensure cocoa is grown sustainably, while supporting local communities and strengthening cocoa supply chains, farmers are provided with shade trees, and encouraged to use agroforestry practices. Shade trees, when planted on cocoa farms, allow the cocoa to grow outside of direct sunlight, and shade the cocoa trees from the wind, improving the quality of the crop and the crop yield. The provision of shade trees is supported through the establishment of community tree nurseries in African cocoa-growing countries. Certain types of shade trees can also diversify farm income, as well as improving the biodiversity of an area. Alongside these tree planting activities, Mondelez also provide training on good agricultural practice to their farmers, and offer economic incentives to farmers for adopting agreed agroforestry practices, and for contributing to reforestation and forest protection initiatives (also known as Payment for Environmental Services schemes). These activities contribute to protecting the natural environment, bolstering cocoa yields, and simultaneously supporting the farmer's income and business.
Presented by: Claire Stirling, Global R&D Technology Lead, Cocoa Life, Mondelez International
Mondelez Cocoa Life programme