I am the Asia Cocoa Director at Mars. Mars appreciates the long-term relationship with Swisscontact, which began in 2010 with the first PEKA Project in Aceh. For many years, the key contribution of Swisscontact’s Sustainable Cocoa Production Programme - ensuring farmers are trained on agronomy and farming as a business, nutrition, social and environment - has helped improve yield production and reduced impact on the environment. Using cutting-edge technology, the Programme innovatively promotes traceability and transparency and enables the industry to trace cocoa beans from the farm to the processing facility. This public-private partnership has improved the farmers’ quality of life by improving the yield and quality of the beans, in turn improving livelihoods. Happy 60th Anniversary.
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