Germany’s Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, together with Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, presenting the 10-point plan at the International Green Week in Berlin, Germany.
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29.01.2019

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In late January 2019, Germany’s Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, and Germany’s Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, presented their 10-point plan for sustainable cocoa production at the International Green Week, which takes place in Berlin, Germany.

Germany’s Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner (BMEL) and German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller (BMZ) presented a 10-point plan for sustainable cocoa at the International Green Week at the end of January 2019. The plan aims to reinforce and concretise the German government's efforts to ensure that, in the long term, 100 per cent of the products containing cocoa that are sold in Germany come from sustainable production.

Current cocoa production

More than 85 per cent of cocoa in Germany is produced in the West African countries of Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. In Côte d’Ivoire, cocoa harvesting earns a seven-member farmer family around 170 euro. This hardly covers their living costs. The results are poverty, hunger, and also child labour. Alone in West Africa, around 2.3 million children are working in cocoa plantations.

As a cocoa producing and consuming country, Germany intends to lead the way forward with the “Sustainable Cocoa Forum” initiated by the two Federal ministries.

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