In December 2020 after 11 years, the Sustainable Cocoa Production Programme (SCPP) in Indonesia came to a close. Its partnership with the private sector was unprecedented. As the main donor, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) helped Swisscontact bring leading players in the industry together. These included Nestlé, Mars, Mondelez International, Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Ecom, JB Cocoa, and Krakakoa.
SCPP trained 164,300 cacao farmers across 57 districts. The cocoa companies provided their know-how in sustainability and provided market access to Indonesian cacao farmers. Farmers increased their incomes by US$22.2 million per year. The share of cacao farmers living below the poverty line decreased by half.
Thanks to SCPP, new tools were developed and put to use. One of these tools was a database solution for traceable, certified sustainable cacao. Another was the creation of needs-based training offered to cacao farmers. These tools are furthermore of use to value chains beyond cacao itself.