Unfortunately, Cocoa farming is not considered as a profession and as a result not recognize as a business by stakeholders in the value chain including: governments, companies, NGO’s and CSO’s. Farmgate Cocoa Alliance believes that cocoa farming must be recognized as a business by all stakeholders, so farmers can have the opportunity to improve their lives. Our goal is to professionalize cocoa farming particularly (small-scale farming), so farmers can independently manage a successful farming business by themselves.
Therefore, Farmgate Cocoa Alliance exist to put in place steps to facilitate the professionalization of cocoa farming, which will pave the way for the sector to overcome the many challenges it faces. Collectively we will 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.
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.