As global demand for sustainable and traceable cocoa increase, cocoa farmers in west and central Africa, who produce about 80% of global cocoa beans are face with multiple challenges and are stuck into chronic poverty as they do not receive a fair income.
The issue of poverty among current generation cocoa farmers, makes cocoa farming not attractive to the youths and therefore, increase the risk for yield decline. In many cocoa community, some farmers are already cutting down their cocoa trees, and replacing them with alternative crops.
Since, cocoa is an annual crop, farmers choose to grow crops which can be harvested in multiple times each year, so they can earn a decent income and have a better life and take care for their children. The issue farmers income must be address, if the sector should survive, as increasingly the youths are living growing community for urban areas to look for job.
FCA, strongly believes that, with the implementation of needed change in the sector, the future of those in cocoa communities can improve and cocoa farming can play a very important role to make this a reality.
Through our activities we, want to make our contribution that will pave the way to secure a better livelihoods for cocoa farmer, farm workers and Presper growing communities. These will also help to overcome the many challenges in the sector, ensure long term traceable and sustainable cocoa sector.
- Exporting government should assist youths, and women in cocoa communities with access to land, suitable for cocoa farming
- Sensitize, train and build the capacity of young cocoa entrepreneurs, so they have skills on Good Agricultural Practices to manage a sustainable cocoa farming business
- Work with partner to support youths tools and knowledge to be cocoa farming, and create direct access to market to secure fair cocoa price
- Employment opportunities for women and youth in cocoa communities
- Reduced rates of rural migration
- Improved economic activity in cocoa communities
- Poverty alleviation
- Secure production for the foreseeable future
- promoting meaningful trading relationships that distribute power, risks, and rewards more equitably.
- promoting a competitive cocoa farming business through implementing fair cocoa trade practices in the sell and buying of cocoa beans among stakeholders.
- improving commercial integration between cocoa producers, buyers’ banks including the sharing of risk from farm, logistics and consumers levels.
- improving production habits of harvesting systems, seed selection, cultivation processes, sourcing and application of modern inputs.
- promoting better harvesting and post harvesting handling using modern technologies, grading and sorting, etc.
- defining and characterizing new marketable opportunities for cocoa farmers (smallholder) by interlinking farm level producers with processors, traders and small chocolate retailers.
- trading should be used as a tool to help alleviate poverty, create opportunities, and reduce inequality for cocoa farmers and develop their communities.
- Trading must promote impartial compensation, safe and healthy conditions, direct and long-term engagement free from discrimination and child and forced labour.
- providing end consumers with access to the facts on the ground about farmers situation, as it will help to bring positive impact on the lives of farmers and farm workers and which will develop better understanding between farmers and end consumers