Nestlé Cocoa Plan Indonesia Welcome President Of WCF
As part of our continuing efforts in launching the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in Indonesia in 2011, Nestlé Indonesia invited the WCF, IDH and Indonesian Cocoa Stakeholder’s to visit our Pilot Project in Mamuju, West Sulawesi in Feb 2012.
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is focused on improving farmers’ knowledge and skills to run profitable and environmentally sound farms, strengthen the cocoa supply chain, empower farmer groups to become small to medium enterprises, and improve farmers’ income (social economic condition). With an investment value of 4 mio USD by 2015, the Nestlé Cocoa Plan Indonesia is targeting an increase of 30% from total production in the region.
To succeed in this program, Nestlé Indonesia is working together with Swisscontact, a reputable Swiss-based NGO, in farmer capability building and setting up technical assistance. The 6ha land is provided by the local Government and is managed by the Indonesian Coffee & Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI) to develop a Cocoa Experimental and Demonstration Plot, as a cocoa learning center for the farmers in implementing GAP to produce high yielding cocoa in sustainable practices.
A farmer demonstrates the “grafting method” to Bill Guyton (President of WCF) and Wisman Djaja (Supply Chain Director Nestle Indonesia), during the Nestle Cocoa Plan visit . (below)
Contributor: Arif Kartika, Nestlé Indonesia, June 2012