Barry Callebaut is establishing a $1.05m Centre of Cocoa Excellence to promote advanced agricultural techniques in Côte d'Ivoire, the world's largest cocoa producing country.
The centre will include training facilities for farmers and a 30-hectare 'showcase farm' to demonstrate intercropping techniques and other yield enhancement practices such as grafting to rejuvenate ageing cocoa farms and double farm productivity.
The Center of Cocoa Excellence will be situated in Pacobo in the Department of Tiassalé in the south-central cocoa growing area of Côte d'Ivoire. A cornerstone of Barry Callebaut's 'Cocoa Horizons' global sustainability initiative, the centre is scheduled to be operational from October.
Source: Barry Callebaut
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