Nestlé onboards suppliers to help cocoa farmers with climate change

Developed with suppliers Cargill and ETG | Beyond Beans, the five-year projects will promote agroforestry, accelerate the transition to regenerative agriculture, and support the reforestation of degraded lands around cocoa farming communities.

Nestlé confirmed that different, multi-purpose shade tree species will be distributed to farmers, who will learn tree planting and pruning.

Shade trees are used to help reduce the harsh effects of the sun and provide moisture-rich spaces for cocoa crops to survive during the dry season. They can also improve water management and enhance on-farm biodiversity, as well as absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.

Collectively, the projects aim to plant over two million shade trees on land managed by close to 20,000 farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Together, they are estimated to reduce and remove over 500,000 metric tonnes of carbon over a 20-year period.

“These projects are important milestones on our journey to net zero. We’re working to address our emissions all the way to the farms we source from,” said Darrell High, Global Cocoa Manager at Nestlé.

“Long-lasting forest protection can only happen when collaborating with fully committed suppliers, like Cargill and ETG | Beyond Beans. We also depend on the participation of local communities, which impact the forests and can help find land-use solutions best suited to the local reality.”

Cocoa plan

Close collaboration with local communities is a key aspect of the projects. Participating farmers will sign up on a voluntary basis and should already be part of Nestlé’s sustainable Cocoa Plan.