Cocoa, Forest, and Diversity Agreement: Action Plan in Peru
Cocoa in Peru is an important source of income for nearly 90,000 producer families and has a strong restorative potential for ecosystems. Today, the Peruvian sector is coordinating the implementation of a national agreement that enables the transition toward a deforestation-free supply chain. Facing grown demand, and new European regulations for deforestation-free products, the Coalition for Sustainable Production (Coalición por una Producción Sostenible), a Peruvian multi-stakeholder platform, is promoting the first cocoa sector agreement called “Cocoa, Forest and Diversity Agreement.” The initiative brings together 19 companies, smallholders associations, civil society, and governments around the goal of achieving sustainable and high-quality cocoa.
The agreement plan has three priorities: 1) Determine the year of reference for monitoring cocoa-related deforestation; 2) Establish tools for the monitoring and traceability of deforestation-free cocoa; 3) Launch a services platform to support deforestation-free production and the application of incentives for smallholders to transition to sustainable production and implement communication strategies.