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The President of the Council of States

In November 2015, the President of the Council of States from Switzerland, Claude Hêche visited the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP)

Story by Swisscontact Stories from the Field February 28th, 2016

Sustainable Cocoa Production Program

The Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) is a large public-private partnership between Swisscontact and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Millennium Challenge Account-Indonesia (MCA-I). At the national level, SCPP works with the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs, while on the regional level, the Program works with provincial and local governments. Private sector partners in the Program are the large national and international institutions: Barry Callebaut, BT Cocoa, Cargill, Ecom, Mars, Mondeléz International, Nestlé, and Olam Cocoa as well as financial institutions and research organizations. SCPP is a member of the Cocoa Sustainability Partnership (CSP) and the Partnership for Indonesian Sustainable Agriculture (PISAgro).

The delegation is welcomed with a traditional Padupa dance.

In November 2015, the President of the Council of States from Switzerland, Claude Hêche visited Indonesia where he spent three days visiting the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP), one of the flagship programs of Switzerland’s trade support to Indonesia. The Program aims to improve the quality and quantity of the production of the 98,000 small Indonesian cocoa producers located in 29 districts and 7 provinces, mainly in the regions of Sulawesi, Sumatera and Nusa Tenggara by 2018. To date, the Program has contributed to raising the producers’ productivity by an average of 55%, with annual production increasing from 450 to 700 kgs per hectare.

During his stay Mr. Hêche devoted a considerable amount of his time to a number of different projects of the economic cooperation and development program initiated by Indonesia and Switzerland, and went to Sulawesi to talk with different stakeholders in the cocoa production chain. He met with stakeholders ranging from small producers to represenatives of major cocoa manufacturers. He also met with representatives of local goverenment and the wider communities. He commended the success of this program, which is the largest and most fruitful public-private partnership in the Indonesian agricultural sector. Joining with the President of the Council of State from Switzerland, were the Swiss ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Dr. Yvonne Baumann, Cedric Stucky, Ruben Chirino Ochoa, Julia Pupella (Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Makassar), Martin Stottele (Head of Economic Development Cooperation in Indonesia), and Steve Tharakan (Attaché Swiss Embassy Jakarta).

Mr Claude Hêche was welcomed by Chairman of the Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSP) Regional Representatives Council of Republic Indones

When the entourage arrived in Polewali Mandar, Mr. Hêche was welcomed by Fahmi Massiara, the Vice Regent of Majene City. Mr. Hêche expressed to his host how he looks forward to learning about future plans and ways to improve the public partnership built by Swisscontact through SCPP. The delegation and the Vice Regent attended a Farmer Field School (FFS) and was welcomed by the Bukit Tapulaya Group farmer group at the village of Ulidang. The farmers expressed their gratitude to Nestle and Swisscontact for visiting their village and the knowledge shared through Good Farming Practices. The farmers expressed the wish that the Program in their area would be sustainable and continue to benefit greater numbers of people. Mr. Hêche emphasized how important it is to complete and finalize the project together, and he said he believes that a contribution from all stakeholder is needed, with an emphasis on the representatives of local government. He said that successful cocoa farmers from the area are role models for other farmers, and he emphasized the commitment through Swisscontact to support farmers in Indonesia. During his visit, Mr. Hêche gained practical knowledge on side-grafting from SCPP facilitators Sulaiman and Herman, local farmers supported by Nestle. Mr. Hêche practiced his new skill by planting a cacao seedling in the FFS cocoa farm.

Plant nursery

Martin Stottele, representing SECO, added that this project is funded by the Swiss Government, MCA-I and several other private sector partners. The continuation of the project until 2020 is currently under discussion. The Swiss government believes that this Program is a success and supports the continuation of long-term support. The day was ended by visiting the Barry Callebaut Farmer Warehouse and Barry Callebaut farmers in Majene. Manfred Borer, Country Director of Swisscontact Indonesia, explained the traceability feature of the CocoaTrace application, the system that Swisscontact uses to monitor the Program. Mr. Borer explained how CocoaTrace monitors all stakeholders openly, and shares information about the productivity of farmers trained by Swisscontact. CocoaTrace allows Swisscontact and partners to track cocoa back to a specific farmer. Later, Lachlan Monsbourgh from Barry Callebaut explained the usefulness of the nursery house and the process of seed preparation.

Mr. Hêche planted the cocoa seedling in FFS Garden

On 17 November, the final day of the field visit, Mr. Hêche and his entourage travelled back to Makassar to meet with the Vice Governor of South Sulawesi: Ir. H. Agus Arifin Nu’mang, MS. Mr. Hêche commented on the increasingly strong relationship between Switzerland and Indonesia that he experienced throughout his stay. He was impressed by how well this relationship is working in South and West Sulewesi. Mr. Hêche agreed with the Vice Governor who said there is tremendous potential for the nine million residents of the area in the fields of tourism, fisheries and agriculture. The Vice Govenor also stated that he hoped this important visit would open new channels of cooperation with the region, especially with South Sulewesi.

Vice Governor of South Sulawesi – Ir. H. Agus Arifin Nu’mang, MS. giving token of appreciation for Mr. Hêche for his visit.

The group travelled to visit a production site, operated by the largest cocoa producer in the world: Barry Callebaut in Makassar. Lachlan Monsbourgh from Barry Callebaut led the tour and acted as a guide, explaining more about the company and activities taking place in its warehouse. The delegation had the opportunity to see the process of chocolate making first-hand. All visitors donned protective clothing and were guided through the facility. Inside, the delegation learned about production and studied the process of turning cocoa beans into a chocolate bar that ends in the hand of the consumer.

The delegation dressed in protective clothing inside the production facility
Vats containing liquid cocoa in the Barry Callebaut processing center

SCPP’s current phase as per contracted targets so far is to increase 98,000 smallholder farmer families income from cocoa by at least 75%, while reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions in the cocoa sector. By implementing proven and effective development strategies, SCPP also addresses economic, social and environmental dimensions. The program offers cocoa farmers field school training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), nutrition, environment, business and social practices and financial literacy. The Program promotes the establishment of superior clone nurseries, creates transparency in a sustainable supply chain, facilitates access to local financial service providers, and strengthens farmer organizations. The current SCPP phase is planned for the period of 2012 to 2018, and is spread across 29 districts in 7 provinces in Indonesia.

Fore more details visit: Swisscontact Indonesia

Footnote: Growing Kinship and Lasting Cooperation through Cocoa Sustainability