Tradin Organic, the global supplier of organic brands and retailers, has announced a 2.5 million euro collaborative project with the European Union (EU) to scale its agroforestry cocoa implementation in Sierra Leone. The organic leader has developed business in the country since 2015 and aims to strengthen and scale the country’s export of high-quality, Fairtrade organic cocoa.
Over the next three years, the joint project will contribute to deforestation prevention and improved cocoa farmer livelihoods by scaling regenerative agroforestry systems. In Sierra Leone, Tradin’s local team of 60 people works closely together with the farmer cooperatives and its sources of cocoa beans by providing training, tools and plants to set up such systems. Now, the previous projects of the global supplier have been merged and a 1.85 million Euro grant from the Delegation of the European Union to Sierra Leone enables the consortium to expand the work and impact.
The goal is to boost production and strengthen the organic export from Sierra Leone, a country that is still rebuilding after a period of civil conflicts and the Ebola outbreak. This initiative offers an excellent opportunity to support more farmer communities and for confectionery manufacturers, retailers and brands to source high-quality organic cocoa while supporting sustainable and responsible sourcing practices.
Tradin Organic’s supply chain in Sierra Leone includes hundreds of villages and thousands of farmers
Tradin Organic’s supply chain in Sierra Leone includes hundreds of villages and thousands of farmers. The agroforestry program runs through 153 farmer field schools, and 57 Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLA’s), which are farmer-led microbanks connected to its child protection program. The EU grant will add another 50 villages to the program.
Since Tradin started developing its business in the country in 2015, it has seen a steadily growing interest from natural and sustainable brands and retailers across Europe and the US. With their cocoa processing facility in the Netherlands, named Crown of Holland, Tradin Organic is also capable of processing organic, amongst other certifications, speciality cocoa beans into cocoa powder, butter, and liquor. It enables them to offer a steady supply of cocoa products to the market that is traceable from origin to the table.
Moreover, Tradin Organic offers a wide range of organic ingredients such as sweeteners, vegetable oils and fats, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, IQF fruits and concentrates. Tradin can offer a hassle-free combination of innovative organic certified ingredients with the highest quality control, competitive pricing, and service excellence for the confectionary industry’s needs.
Tradin offers innovative organic certified ingredients with the highest quality control, competitive pricing, and service excellence
With Tradin Organic‘s commitment to social responsibility and sustainability, customers can trust that their sourcing practices support the communities they work with, the environment, and the products they produce.
About Tradin Organic
Tradin Organic is the global front runner in organic food ingredients, with over 13 offices worldwide and headquarters in Amsterdam, part of the group Acomo. Tradin Organic offers a full-service portfolio, from unique sourcing, sustainability initiatives, distribution & processing capabilities. It sources premium, certified organic food ingredients for the international food industry, carrying more than 150 products from over 60 origins.
Further information available at www.tradinorganic.com
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