Ivory Coast is one of the world’s largest cocoa producing nations, and the Cavally region in particular is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. In 2021, to celebrate International Day of Forests, we launched our reforestation initiative, announcing our commitment to plant 465,000 new native trees in the region. That’s enough to cover an area almost 2.5 times the size of Paris.
We’re also training local farmers in sustainable techniques so that they can care for the seedlings, helping them to thrive and in turn, preserving the local habitat for generations to come.
But that’s not all we’re doing. We’re also working alongside local communities and teams on the ground to make sure our reforestation efforts are successful. This includes working towards sustainable land tenure, decent livelihoods for farmers, and economically empowering women, so that long-term, sustainable solutions are created in the Ivory Coast.
On top of that, building on our long history of championing important causes through art, we’re unveiling a series of unique arts and radio programmes. These programmes aim to help local farmers and communities understand the importance of preserving critical habitats for future generations, as wells as making them more aware of their rights, in a drive to help to tackle illegal deforestation.
Our radio drama series in particular will reach one in four local cocoa farmers in the Cavally region.