Why We Do It
Farmgate Cocoa Alliance exist to put in place steps that overcome the many challenges in the value chain, these will make it possible for the value chain to be sustainable from bottom to top.
We strive to attain a cocoa value chain where all stakeholders participate, and with each play there deserve and valid role without interference. A cocoa value chain that is fully integrated and that respect and promotes human rights, protect the environment and where all stakeholders have their fair share.
Cocoa farming is not considered as a profession by stakeholders in the value chain including: governments, chocolate manufactures and other partners. We believe cocoa farming should be recognize as a profession in order to bring transparency, accountability and equality.
Our goal is to professionalize cocoa farming, so farmers (smallholders) can independently manage a successful farming business by themselves, produce sustainable cocoa crop and secure a decent livelihood.
Lack of awareness on human rights issues among cocoa farmers particularly (smallholders), has resulted to massive exploitation in cocoa farming such as: farmers rights, child and forced labour, gender inequality and the unfair income farmers get for their crop.
Consumers are increasingly demanding for sustainable produced chocolate and other cocoa end products. However, 95% of global cocoa bean is produced unsustainably due to lack of better knowledge to mitigate climate change and grow cocoa with zero deforestation.
95% cocoa farmers live below poverty line, farmers only receive tiny portion of global cocoa price. Lack of direct market for cocoa farmers particularly the smallholders, makes it more difficult for them to have a fair price for their cocoa bean, realize profit and have a decent live.