Buying Fairtrade chocolate makes a huge difference to the lives of cocoa farmers and their families around the world.
Despite growing demand for cocoa, many small producers struggle to earn a sustainable income. Disease and age are damaging cocoa trees, and rising production costs mean farmers and their families remain in poverty. Child labour, a significant issue in the cocoa industry, is perpetuated by poverty and unfair terms of trade.
Fairtrade helps to make cocoa farming in places like Ivory Coast and Ghana more sustainable by guaranteeing minimum prices and providing a premium to invest in local communities, so farmers can provide a better future for themselves and their families.
And you can give them this opportunity just by enjoying your favourite Fairtrade chocolate treat.
What are some of the brands producing Fairtrade chocolate?
Cocoa farmer Mariano Manzuela from Conacado, in the Dominican Republic
For Mariano Manzuela, a member of the Conacado cocoa cooperative in the Dominican Republic, Fairtrade means four of his 11 children attend secondary school on scholarships from the Fairtrade Premium. What started as a development project in 1988, has now become the tenth largest cocoa exporter in the world.
Conacado now provides Fairtrade cocoa products to brands like Green & Black’s.
Read more about Conacado here.