95% of cocoa is produced by smallholder farmers who often rely on the little income that their cocoa provides to support themselves and their family. Ultimately, this results in the continuation of the poverty cycle and implementation of malpractices such as child labour and deforestation on cocoa farms. Therefore, it is key to ensure that cocoa farming can be a stable and decent source of income for these cocoa farmers to improve socio-economic development and break the poverty cycle. Therefore, Farmgate Cocoa Alliance is undertaking activities to professionalise cocoa farming that will lead to better and sustainable incomes for cocoa farmers.
Through our committed members and partners, facilitating linkages between cocoa buyers and cocoa farmers, resulting in efficient, transparent and sustainable transaction conditions. Such transactions have direct impact at farmer level by providing farmers with a secure and fair means to sell their cocoa beans. Direct transactions between farmers and industry result in fair prices, transparent sales and increased farmer income. Combined with official registration of cocoa farmers as entrepreneurs and training in business management, farmers will be able to effectively use financial services and manage their farms with transparent and direct access to the market.