"climate smart" approach
From an environmental perspective, the emphasis is on sustainable intensification practices that will lead to reducing deforestation and its adverse effect on biodiversity loss and climate change. In addition, the company has an active reforestation program, promotes responsible use of pesticides and fertilizers, has adopted renewable energy sources like solar power and actively manages a waste collection program.
+ PROMOTING BIODIVERSITY
In Ivory Coast, governmental organisations are unable to serve the large and growing need for reforestation and biodiversity as the pace of economic development and a rising population takes its toll. Most existing programs have not kept pace with the very active global discussions about effective science education methods and practices. To address this critical gap in the region, the company has in-house teams dedicated to conservation with the aim to create and launch programs in biodiversity. The programs feature a suite of key benchmarks (biological, economic) relevant to conservation with applied field usage and practices. Our programs target trees adapted to the local climate as well as act as an able support for the principal culture i.e. cocoa. Over time, the programs will provide innovative tools and approaches for conservation management, and will train personnel to fill leadership and technical positions.
+ STRATEGIC ROLLOUT
All biodiversity programs are run by the departmental head of agronomy who imparts his strategic direction and works directly with specially created internal committees to ensure oversight (HSE: Hygiene, Security and Environmental and RAINFOREST). A program lead, a qualified agro-engineer specialised in agroforestry, assumes the executional responsibility with a suite of administrative and programmatic tasks to keep programs running on an every-day basis. In addition to the cocoa and various tree species (example Kotibe, Frake, Bete and Teck) there are additional cultures that form a part of the plantation’s biodiversity approach. These are BANANA PLANTAIN (food crop, shade), QUICKSTICK (fencing, fertiliser, shade), NEEM (natural repellent for insects), ACACIA (soil fertility) and GMELINA (fast growth, thus frequently used in reforestation). Perishable consumables like tomatoes, yam, manioc, peanuts are equally cultivated. In this regard, in-depth work has been carried out with the national environmental agency, ANDE (Agence nationale de l’environnement), a structure belonging to the Ministry Environement and Sustanibility. The company is certified RAINFOREST ALLIANCE that will ensure compliance with sustainable agriculture standards in protecting land, waterways, animal habitats, as well as the rights and wellbeing of employees, their families and surrounding communities.