IVORY COAST – Barry Callebaut and Unilever have joined forces to support cocoa farming communities in Ivory Coast to mitigate the spread of the Corona virus with the donation and distribution of 10,000 pieces of soap.

The World Health Organization recommends that frequent hand washing with soap and water is an important protective measure against the spread of COVID-19. However, in rural communities, access to soap can be difficult.

“This is why, as part of our commitment to supporting cocoa farmers during COVID-19 we are joining forces with our customers to help the livelihoods and income of farmers whilst protecting their health and their family’s health.”

“We have collaborated with Unilever to deliver 10,000 pieces of soap to cocoa farming communities in Côte d’Ivoire,” stated Barry Callebaut.

Unilever presented the donation to Barry Callebaut, who managed the distribution to Unilever cocoa farmer cooperatives.

In addition, Barry has committed to further support the farming communities with distribution of official WHO posters with COVID-19 protective instructions via the company’s local coaches.

The company has also set apart farm-level operations that will ensure their undertakings do not put its employees or cocoa farmers at risk and do not contribute to the inadvertent spread of the virus.

In this regard Barry has halted unnecessary movement it’s sourcing and sustainability employees from cities to farms or villages, large gatherings of farmers or farmer communities, close interactions with farmers’ families and third-party labour.

“As a leader and trusted partner in the global food Supply Chain, Barry Callebaut plays a critical social role in continuing to produce food products during these challenging times.”

“Governments across the globe have reiterated the importance of keeping the food supply chains intact. By keeping our factories running, requiring inputs from our suppliers, including from cocoa farmers, and continuing to supply our customers we contribute to a functioning supply chain,” the company stated.