Global Cocoa Agenda
To achieve the purpose of the above declarations, stakeholders must be committed to work together which must include cocoa farmers (particularly smallholders). Through these ways we will be able to successfully implement sector collective commitments that make it possible to secure a sustainable cocoa sector which benefits all stakeholders from bottom to top. Such a collective approach will define stakeholders role and responsibilities so, each stakeholders can effectively implement their role and contribute to building a strong and progressive cocoa value chain. Cocoa farming must be recognized as a business by all stakeholders for farmers to be able to independently manage their cocoa farms as a lucrative business particularly the smallholders can grow sustainable coca crop, improve their living standards, take care for their families and independently represent themselves at all level across the sector.
The Global Cocoa Agenda (GCA), defined in 2012, puts forward key items and actions that should be taken by the cocoa value chain to secure a better cocoa sector for the future. This agenda was developed as a result of the 2010 International Cocoa Agreement in Geneva that engaged stakeholders in committing to a ‘sustainable cocoa economy’.
These conventions highlight the need for stakeholder collaboration and cooperation in moving forwards towards sustainability. FCA supports this in its activities to:
- Seek to increase the coordination and transparency of development activities planned and implemented for the future in the cocoa sector.
- Transform cocoa farming into modern enterprises using a business approach, bringing equitable returns and consequently attractive to younger generations
- Implement programmes aimed at improving the living standard and working conditions of populations engaged in the cocoa sector
- To strengthen the market position of farmers, adequately empower them at local, national and international levels… [above listed from the Global Cocoa Agenda 2012] Between 2012 and 2018 there have been four declarations, based on the GCA 2012, that further urge stakeholder cooperation to address sustainability issues and to create equal value in chain.