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Sustainability in the Cocoa Sector - Review, Challenges and Approaches


Reinhard Matissek


Lebensmittelchemisches Institut (LCI) des Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Süßwarenindustrie (BDSI

Juliane Reinecke


University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Oliver von Hagen


International Trade Centre (UN/WTO)

Stephan Manning


University of Massachusetts at Boston - College of Management

February 1, 2012

Moderne Ernaehrung Heute, Official Journal of the Food Chemistry Institute of the Association of the German Confectionery Industry, p. 1-27, February 2012

Abstract:     
The cocoa industry is suffering from a number of interconnected problems: Be this the over-aged tree stocks, the repercussions of disease and pest infestation, the political instability in West Africa, a lack of agricultural professionalism, an absence of infrastructure, or the shortcomings of the educational and financial systems in the cocoa-growing regions. A further problem is exploitative child labor on cocoa farms. Instead of continuing to wait for an international, legally-binding solution, numerous private and multi-stakeholder initiatives have been formed within the cocoa sector aimed at creating greater economic wealth and fairness, social justice in the producing countries, as well as social responsibility and ecological sustainability along the global value-added chain. To this end, sustainability standards are increasingly being applied in cocoa production. As demand for raw cocoa will continue to rise - training, improved production methods, rising productivity and promotion of diversification guarantee that cocoa of a consistently high quality and in quantities to meet market needs is offered by farmers in the future, thus also securing their long-term livelihoods.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: sustainability, food commodities, standards, certifications, global value chain

JEL Classification: F13, F16, F18, F53, F55, F59, L15, L32, O13, O19, P45, P48, Q11, Q17, Q28, Q56, L2, L5


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Date posted: April 18, 2012  

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Matissek, Reinhard and Reinecke, Juliane and von Hagen, Oliver and Manning, Stephan, Sustainability in the Cocoa Sector - Review, Challenges and Approaches (February 1, 2012). Moderne Ernaehrung Heute, Official Journal of the Food Chemistry Institute of the Association of the German Confectionery Industry, p. 1-27, February 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042037

Contact Information

Reinhard Matissek
Lebensmittelchemisches Institut (LCI) des Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Süßwarenindustrie (BDSI ( email )
Adamsstraße 52–54
Cologne, 51063
Germany
Juliane Reinecke
University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )
Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom
Oliver Von Hagen
International Trade Centre (UN/WTO) ( email )
54-56 Rue de Montbrillant
Geneva, 1202
Switzerland
Stephan Manning (Contact Author)
University of Massachusetts at Boston - College of Management ( email )
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
United States
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