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One of the more interesting, and potentially game changing, announcements to emerge at the COP23 meeting in Bonn was that made by chocolate and cocoa companies, along with the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

As the world’s two biggest cocoa-producing nations, they joined forces with a number of the big cocoa buyers to pledge themselves to so-called Frameworks for Action, promising that no more forest will be lost to cocoa and that forest areas would be restored.

Mars, Nestlé, Barry Callebaut, Mondelez and Cargill are among the companies that are part of the new commitment that will also see illegal cocoa production in national parks eliminated thanks to stronger enforcement of national forest policies and the development of alternative livelihoods for affected farmers.

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