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Fazer's long-term project in Bieby

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Fazer has supported the village of Biéby and its people since 2007.

Village project in Ivory Coast

Biéby is a small cocoa-farming village in the world’s largest cocoa producer: the Ivory Coast. The Ivorian village Biéby is about 100 kilometres northeast of the port and business hub Abidjan.

Traditionally, cocoa farming skills are passed on from generation to generation while working. Many children who grow up on cocoa farms become cocoa farmers as adults.

Fazer has supported the village and people since 2007. For example, Fazer helped build and open the Biéby Junior High School.

Empowering cocoa communities through education

The first secondary school in Biéby offers youth between the ages of 12 and 16 the possibility of continuing studying in their home village, a significant improvement to their chances of getting a school education.

In Biéby, many students completing primary school were forced to stay at home instead of continuing their studies. There were no secondary schools within a feasible distance from their homes. Being able to continue studying allows the community’s youth to learn new skills for future careers, leading to higher income levels and better living standards.

Activities during the years

  • 560 young people have received vocational training in cocoa cultivation in connection with other school education.
  • 100,200 cocoa trees have been planted on 55 new cocoa farms.

First secondary school in Biéby built

The school has four classrooms, five administrative rooms, two washrooms and four latrines. The project also provided school benches, chairs, desks with drawers, and filing cabinets. The school has a small cocoa farm where students can learn sustainable cocoa farming and proper care of the trees. The secondary school is now part of the country’s public school system.