From Forest to Market: Cocoa and Deforestation in the Value Chain

Oct 3, 2017

We’re delighted to bring you the first commodity-specific paper in our Forest to Market series, a brand new, original look at the challenges and opportunities that come with managing the sustainability of forests and soft commodities in your supply chain. Our first paper will focus specifically on Cocoa.

Deforestation due to cocoa production continues to be a serious problem for the chocolate industry as a result of pressures caused by rising demand for chocolate, decreasing production capacity from cocoa trees, lack of good agricultural practice and shrinking suitable land areas due to climate change.

Our paper, which you can download for free using the link at the bottom of this post, examines key areas for understanding and tackling deforestation in the cocoa value chain, including:

  • The importance of smallholder farmers
  • Existing schemes and their limitations
  • Challenges for companies
  • How to overcome these challenges


As an Ecometrica subscriber, this exclusive content is completely free for you to download – just use the link below. If you have any questions or remarks, please leave them in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

Our forthcoming papers in the Forest to Market series will look at Soy, Palm Oil, Cattle and Timber – so stay tuned! 

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