How is Mars promoting living incomes for cocoa smallholders?

Mars Inc has been making chocolate for more than 100 years. However, the company recognises that there are some systematic issues in the cocoa supply chain that are yet to be solved. Smallholder farmers produce around 95% of global cocoa supplies. A large majority of these farmers don’t make a living income to provide for … Read more

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

Cocoa Coalition pushes for EC’s sustainability law to protect farmer incomes

In a statement released to the media, the Coalition referred to its own detailed proposals published in 2019 and 2021​ and said: “We have consistently called for the EU to introduce mandatory obligations of due diligence extending throughout the supply chain​.” But the Coalition said that one major objective of the EC’s proposed regulation on … Read more