Event preview: World Cocoa Farmers Conference

Cocoa farmers call for consensus on sustainable income

By Staff writer

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Cocoa farmers' conference to take place in Abijan next month ©GettyImages/William_Potter
Cocoa farmers' conference to take place in Abijan next month ©GettyImages/William_Potter

Related tags: Cocoa, Income, Sustainability

The second Global Cocoa Farmers Conference hopes to define a sustainable income for cocoa farmers with input from all stakeholders, including farmer trade bodies.

The conference – organized by the World Cocoa Farmers Organization (WCFO) – aims to reach agreement that includes the farmers’ perspective.

The event takes place at the Grand Hotel in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, from 25-26 September.

It comes as Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire last month agreed a ‘living income differential’ ​- a $400 premium per ton on cocoa contracts for the 2020/21 season to support farmer livelihoods.

Low incomes an ‘obstacle’ to sustainable cocoa

WCFO said in a press release that low farmer income had been “a major set-back to the cocoa sector, and a critical obstacle towards realising a balanced, transparent and a sustainable cocoa sector.”

It called for a dialogue on income that includes farmer participation.

Barry Callebaut and French Development Agency (AFD) said in 2017​ cocoa farmer income in Côte d’Ivoire was 568 West African francs (CFA) per day ($0.98), in 2017, based on a survey in 2013/14 of around 700 cocoa farmers.

The income level is 48% less than the World Bank’s international extreme poverty line ($1.90 per person a day).

Allain Brou, deputy coordinator of the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) in Côte d'Ivoire, is among the speakers at the event.

Lumina Intelligence Sustainability analyst Oliver Nieburg will moderate the conference.

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