It ensures that the farmers had received support in terms of capacity building in applying good and environmentally sustainable farming practices. Farmers, who comply with the certification standards, benefit from higher production, better working environment, easier access to markets, and premium payments for their certified beans.
SCPP collaborated with cocoa companies and certification bodies such as UTZ and Rainforest Alliance (RA) to initiate certification process and scale up the reach of certification programs within Program area. This includes modification of training modules of GAP, GEP, and GSP developed by SCPP to address requirements of sustainability certification. Until end of 2020, there are 91,741 farmers have been certified over the duration of SCPP.
Certification is not only linking farmers to get access to global market, but also adding more income to participating farmers through price premium scheme. The premium is provided by the end buyer in traceable supply chains as an incentive to certificate holder paying for certification costs as well as to farmers to participate. They, in turn, agree to produce cocoa according to a Code of Conduct that include guidelines for social, environmental, and agronomic best practices. During the SCPP period, supply chain partners paid a total of 13.7 billion IDR (USD 944,828) in certification premiums to farmers.