GHANA – Cocoa regulators in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire, the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the Le Counsel du Café Cacao respectively, have objected to the subscription to International Standard Organization (ISO) 34101 certification.
According to a report by the GhanaWeb, the cocoa regulators argued that the ISO 34101 Standards on Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa production will worsen the already challenged situation of cocoa farmers in the two major producing countries
The two asked the global community to put the 34101 series on hold until all inimical clauses are removed and a consensus reached on a mutually beneficiary standard on Standards on Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa production
This was announced at the signing of a declaration and a joint press conference held in Abidjan addressed by the Chief Executive of Ghana Cocoa Board Joseph Boahen Aidoo and (COCOBOD) his counterpart, the Director General of Le Counsel Du café-cacao Ibrahim Kone Yves
The two coca regulatory bodies have since then embarked on a collaborative approach to and find lasting measures that will improve the condition of cocoa farmers and ensure the sustainability of the cocoa industry
Speaking at the declaration ceremony,
“The world market price of cocoa is already making life difficult for the farmer and you want to introduce programmes that will meet expectations of the consumer and further worsen the life of the farmer,”
The two countries further revealed that they are currently working on a West Africa standards for certification and traceability of cocoa which will take into consideration the interest of all stakeholders.