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SECO Visits Indonesia’s Largest Cocoa Producing Island – Sulawesi

Swisscontact Indonesia had the opportunity to host the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Nestlé and Mars Chocolate on a joint field visit to review the progress of Swisscontact’s Sustainable Cocoa Production Programme (SCPP) in West and South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Manfred Borer, Country Director, Swisscontact Indonesia, and Suharman Sumpala, SCPP Senior Programme Manager, provided first-hand demonstrations regarding the impact of SCPP and how the cocoa value chain provides sustainable livelihoods. The group participated in various activities across the districts of Mamuju, Majene and Polewali Mandar in West Sulawesi, including a visit to cocoa buying units and one of the Swisscontact and Nestlé Farmer Field Schools.

The tour continued to Luwu district in South Sulawesi to visit one of the Mars Sustainable Cocoa Initiatives’ lead farmers, Gunawan, where he demonstrated the new grafting techniques used in his successful cacao nursery. Fay Fay Choo, Mars Cocoa Director in Asia, also invited guests to plant cocoa trees with the hope that they will grow as well as the plants of smallholder cocoa farmers supported by the programme. The tour participants met with another farmer group that was supported in Farmer Field Schools where Good Agricultural Practices, Good Nutritional Practices, and Good Financial Practices were facilitated by Swisscontact, the local Government and private sector partners.

Successful Public-Private Partnership 

SECO was represented by Monica Rubiolo, the Head of the Macroeconomic Support Division, and Katrin Ochsenbein, SECO Programme Manager. The pair were accompanied by representatives of the Swiss Embassy Jakarta – Martin Stottele, the Head of Economic Development Cooperation, and Dian Elvira Rosa, the National Programme Officer. Nestlé Switzerland was represented by Philippe Courbet and Pascal Chapot, accompanied by Wisman Djaja, the Sustainability Agriculture Development and Procurement Director for Nestle Indonesia during the trip across West Sulawesi Province.

SCPP is currently expanding to 50 districts across 11 provinces, including major cocoa producing areas in Sulawesi, Sumatra, and East Nusa Tenggara, and targeting 137,000 smallholder cocoa farmers by 2020. SCPP is currently the largest Public-Private Partnership of its kind in Indonesia, collaborating with 12 multi-nationals and leading local cocoa and chocolate companies.

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