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

Mars launches two major initiatives 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

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

Cargill and The Starbuck Foundation back CARE to financially support women cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire

In collaboration with The Starbucks Foundation and cocoa supplier Cargill, the US-based organization is launching a new effort that will help transform cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire. The partnership builds on decades of CARE’s experience in developing Village Saving and Loans Associations (VSLAs) that are beneficial to helping more female cocoa farmers become financially independent. … Read more

African cocoa farmers challenge EC proposals over deforestation

Last month five organizations representing some of Europe’s biggest cocoa, coffee, palm oil and soy traders, issued a challenging statement key elements of the European Commission’s regulatory proposal on deforestation-free supply chains. Specifically, they claimed that the Commission’s proposal risks the lives of smallholders, who they say “will be negatively affected if the provisions [in … Read more

New cocoa strategy by Magnum aims to empower female farmers

By setting women up with direct cash transfers and the skills to diversify their income, Magnum’s commitment will help them to financially stabilise their families and build their personal business ambitions for greater prosperity in the off-peak cocoa farming season. This campaign forms part of Magnum’s 2025 Cocoa Strategy to support the cocoa farming community … Read more

New cash transfer scheme for cocoa farmers helps reduce child labour

The study, carried out by the ICI, is the first of its kind to measure the impact of a cash transfer program for farmers on child labor. The randomized experiment involved over 600 families in Ghana’s Brong-Ahafo and Eastern regions, who received cash transfers for six months. It examined the effects of the cash transfer … Read more

“Meet Me at the Market” – NHB Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

It’s a beloved summer pastime – Strolling the neighborhood streets with family and friends in search of the freshest local fruits, veggies, baked goods, meats, and cheeses – It’s Farmers Market season! Considered by many the highlight of the week, local Farmers Markets have become a place not only to shop for local products but … Read more