(Ecofin Agency) - The Ivoirian government has just adopted a decree establishing a National Coffee-Cocoa Traceability System. This system aligns with the Marketing flow management improvement program initiated by the Coffee-Cocoa Council (CCC).
According to the authorities, the national coffee and cocoa traceability system includes a computerized system for recording commercial transactions and a system for labeling bags of coffee and cocoa. This move will enable the producer and origin of the products to be identified, thus tracking their journey from the production area to the end customer.
"Specifically, this system will determine the origin of coffee and cocoa products at each level of the marketing chain, enforce the guaranteed minimum purchase price at the field's edge for producers, secure financial transactions in the coffee and cocoa sector, and preserve product quality by promoting compliance with minimum sustainability standards," explains the statement.
Overall, this initiative reflects the executive's commitment to comply with the new European Union (EU) law on imports of products linked to deforestation, which is due to come into force by the end of 2024.
As a reminder, this European law requires importers of products such as coffee, cocoa, beef, soy, rubber, and palm oil to provide a certified verification statement proving that their goods do not contribute to deforestation.