Related tags: technology, ghana ghana's fairtrade organization strikes deal with country's telecom operator to help farmers get immediate help with their crops kuapa kokoo, ghana's fairtrade-certified cocoa farmers organization, is collaborating with local mobile operator mtn, to provide. Buying fairtrade chocolate makes a difference for cocoa farmers, their families and communities around the world life is tough for cocoa farmers although demand has been high, the price of cocoa beans has fallen in recent years. The fairtrade foundation said on wednesday it wanted to help food companies create their own schemes to ensure farmers in developing nations were treated fairly, even if the firms want to drop the. Ninety per cent of the world's cocoa is grown on small family farms by about 6 million farmers who earn their living from growing and selling cocoa beans cocoa trees grow in tropical environments, within 15 to 20 degrees latitude from the equator.
Examples of how fairtrade has helped: the fairtrade foundation has helped famers enormously in countries like ghana, nigeria and cote d'ivore there are about two million cocoa farmers in ghana and fairtrade has helped thousands of those famers kuapa kokoo is a farmer-owned cocoa buying business and is 100% fairtrade. As a result, fair trade farmers can gain access to important amenities like healthcare, education and clean water-all of which are standards in the developed world but luxuries to rural cocoa. My mission is to represent divine chocolate and explain how their fellow farmers in ghana, kuapa kokoo, agreed to kae selling their first container of fairtrade cocoa to divine, thereby forgoing the premium they would get for the same amount of cocoa.
It is hoped one day all the producers in the village will become fairtrade, ensuring the farmers a guaranteed income and a premium price for their cocoa harvest. In autumn 1998, divine, the first ever fairtrade chocolate bar aimed at the mass market was launched onto the uk confectionery market in an exciting new business model, the co-operative of cocoa farmers in ghana own shares in the company making the chocolate bar. Fairtrade in conjunction with other organizations has contributed immensely in increasing the income level of farmers in the country they achieved this by putting in efforts to eliminate middlemen in the supply chain of the cocoa industry. At the same time many cocoa farmers and workers in the global south have to get by on less than 125 us dollars a day, below the threshold of absolute poverty cocoa growers today receive around 6,6% of value of a tonne of cocoa sold.
Fair trade is a foundation whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards. The cocoa project the project has increased production and income through sustainable production and processing practices and by facilitating access to financial and business services to help farmers understand and engage with the market. Cocoa has help the world allot - not just the tens of thousands of fairtrade cocoa farmers around the world from the bitter frothy drink loved by the mayans, to the family-sized boxes everyone fights over at christmas or well, just about anytime. Fair trade cocoa is an agricultural product harvested from the cocoa tree using a certified process which is followed by cocoa farmers, buyers, and chocolate manufacturers, and is designed to create sustainable incomes for farmers and their families.
Hollister candy manufacturer joins fairtrade movement to help farmers in central america and west africa troy van dam, left, and bradley van dam visited the dominican republic fair trade cocoa plantations. A beautiful animated film, aimed at introducing younger children to alvaro pop, who is a fairtrade cocoa farmer from belize this film was created by cumbria development education centre, as part. Farmers selling fairtrade certified cocoa know they will receive at least the fairtrade minimum price for their produce - even if the standard market price has fallen below it - as well as a fairtrade premium that can be invested by the cooperatives in whatever they decide, from training, to tools, to schools for local children.
By buying fairtrade chocolate, you can help cocoa farmers work their way out of poverty bitter reality of the cocoa industry chocolate is a sweet indulgence for most of us. Annual cocoa production has increased in recent years, from 19,139 tonnes in 2000, to 48,283 tonnes in 2013 this production represents 55% of ghana's total production of 879,348 in 2012/2013 fairtrade kuapa kokoo was fairtrade certified in 1995 in 2012/2013, fairtrade sales accounted for 24,026 tonnes of cocoa, corresponding to around 50% of the annual production. The chief executive of the fairtrade foundation has defended a controversial partnership with cadbury owner mondelēz and the creation of a rival sustainable cocoa sourcing scheme in his first. What is life like on a fairtrade cocoa farm journey with us to the ivory coast and meet farmers from the ecookim cooperative to understand more about where you chocolate comes from so far.
Fair trade can help less developed countries by allowing them totrade easier with more advanced countries such as the unitedstates when they are able to trade their goods with richercountries. Cadbury has had a commitment to supporting farmers dating back 100 years, to when they first helped farmers grow cocoa in ghana the cadbury cocoa partnership was launched in ghana in 2008, evolving in 2009 when it first started working with fairtrade.
Fairtrade gives farmers empowerment in many ways - from being able to elect and trust the person responsible for weighing the cocoa and paying farmers, to having a say in running their own organization, and, importantly, in the encouragement and support of women. Fairtrade response to cocoa farmer income: the household income of cocoa farmers in côte d'ivoire 3 fairtrade's response to the research findings the findings of this household income baseline study reconfirm the urgency for fairtrade - and other actors. After becoming fairtrade certified, the fairtrade premium farmers receive enables them to invest in the business and community projects at the end of 2013, around 130 small farmer organisations in 20 countries held a certificate to produce and sell fairtrade cocoa, representing 176,600 small-scale farmers. Kouame fasseri of kavokiva farmers' cocoa co-operative in the ivory coast says fairtrade has already helped fund a new school building in his village and supports a health centre that is saving lives the company has been working in the ivory coast, one of the poorest countries in the world, for more than 50 years.