Cocoa is the plant behind chocolate, one of the world’s most popular snacks. Chances are you ate some this week. While people love cocoa, they wouldn’t love the conditions faced by many of the people who grow it.
Cocoa has grown to be one of the most prominent Fairtrade products since it was first certified in 1994. We are pushing the confectionary sector to address a host of challenges that threaten the long-term sustainability of cocoa and the people behind it.
Choosing Fairtrade cocoa makes a difference
The world’s appetite for cocoa is booming. And yet cocoa farmers around the world often struggle to make a living, despite their position as the source of a highly prized commodity.
Widespread poverty, deforestation, gender inequality, child labour and forced labour are persistent problems in the cocoa sector which could ultimately destroy it. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Fairtrade is helping to change the cocoa business for the better in a number of ways. When you choose Fairtrade cocoa and chocolate, you are supporting this drive for change.
Many cocoa farmers have never tasted chocolate, the lucrative consumer product that so much of the rest of the planet’s people enjoys. When you choose Fairtrade cocoa and chocolate, you help to put the livelihoods of those farmers back at the (chocolate) heart of the matter.
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What is the Fairtrade premium?
The Fairtrade Premium is an extra sum of money paid on top of the selling price that farmers or workers invest in projects of their choice.
They decide together and democratically how to spend the Fairtrade Premium to reach their goals, such as improving their farming, businesses, or health and education in their community. Farmers and workers know best what their priorities and needs are.
Since 2014, Fairtrade farmers and workers have received well over half a billion euros in Fairtrade Premium.
This is a unique benefit enabled by your decision to buy Fairtrade products.
Looking for Fairtrade Products?
Fairtrade products are widely available. The blue countries and territories on the map below have Fairtrade organizations that promote Fairtrade products. Their websites often include a product finder to show you the full variety of Fairtrade products near you. Even if there isn't a Fairtrade organization where you live, Fairtrade products may still be available – look for our familiar marks on products!
In Honduras, young women are spearheading diversification into cocoa farming and are running a new chocolate factory.
"Fairtrade has helped me to understand my rights and my duties. We see that what men can do women can also do. Fairtrade has transformed me in a way."
Meet Mary Nsiah and Abena Boame, who have grown as cocoa farmers and as leaders in their cooperatives through the support of the Fairtrade West Africa Cocoa Programme.