Barry Callebaut and Unilever join forces to provide Ivory Coast soap donation
Swiss-headquartered Barry Callebaut has teamed up with Unilever in a joint-response against coronavirus in donating and distributing 10’000 pieces of soap to cocoa farming communities in Ivory Coast.
The World Health Organization recommends that frequent hand washing with soap and water is an important protective measure against the spread of COVID-19. However, in rural communities, access to soap and other can be difficult. As Confectionery Production reported previously, while the pandemic has yet to have a significant impact on the African continent, it is considered as being vulnerable in terms of limited access to medical facilities in many locations.
Unilever (team members pictured) presented the donation to Barry Callebaut, which in turn managed the distribution to Unilever cocoa farmer cooperatives. Furthermore, Barry Callebaut has offered additional support for farmer communities through the distribution of official WHO posters with COVID-19 protective instructions to farmer groups, via local coaches, and supporting governmental dissemination of evolving and urgent information to remote communities through its coaching networks.