New Fairtrade report highlights how cocoa sector can help farmers progress toward living incomes

Supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundations, the report, What Makes Co-operatives Work?, outlines recommendations for Fairtrade and the cocoa sector at large, developed after researchers conducted an in-depth study into the functions of s and heard feedback from two case study cocoa cooperatives in Ghana. The recommendations include proposals for how better … Read more

Divine Chocolate releases Impact Report 2021, partners with HALBA to further boost climate resilience

The news was announced alongside the release of its 2021 Impact report, where Divine Chocolate described how it has enabled farmers to build sustainable livelihoods in partnership with four farmer cooperatives in Africa. Highlights of the Impact Report include: Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union in Ghana (who grew the high quality cocoa that makes Divine Chocolate … Read more

Fairtrade backs two major initiatives from Mars to support living incomes for cocoa farmers

With support from Fairtrade, USAID, I4DI and ECOOKIM, the farmer-first programs will aim to support 14,000 smallholder farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia on a path to sustainable living income in the next eight years. “Ten years ago, Mars decoded the cocoa plant genome for the first time. Today we are aiming to crack the … Read more

Consumer demand for sustainably sourced products sees Fairtrade sales boom

Fairtrade said demand is also translating into sales, with the Co-op’s ‘Ethical Markets Report 2021’ noting that the UK ‘green pound’ has reached record levels, breaking through the £100bn mark for the first time. The organization’s own figures set out in its latest annual report show sales of Fairtrade cocoa grew by 3% and were … Read more

Fairtrade Fortnight to focus consumers’ minds on link between cocoa and climate crisis

New data published by Opinium Research on behalf of Fairtrade reveals that over 60% of the British public are unaware of the threats that climate change poses to UK supplies of cocoa, coffee and bananas. In addition, over three quarters (78%) of Brits say it’s important that people overseas who produce tea, coffee, food, flowers, … Read more