The International Cocoa Farmers Organization has called on the chocolate industry to directly source from cocoa farmers and support efforts to reach 90% of farmers it says have been neglected in cocoa sustainability plans.
Cocoa farmers are largely excluded from decision making in the chocolate industry’s efforts to boost cocoa productivity but have a right to be heard, says a new international farmer’s organization aiming to stand up for disaffected voices.
The chocolate industry and fairtrade movement are perpetuating poverty in Africa by relying on the continent for it’s agricultural assets rather than manufacturing potential, says Madagascan chocolate maker Madécasse.
Chocolate manufacturers will face a serious cocoa supply shortage unless they work to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and allow them to invest in sustainable production, according to an academic.
Tackling the global food crisis requires emergency measures,
including a possible freeze on grain-based biofuels - and a
longer-term strategy to secure supply for the future and establish
global trade systems, says institute.
The food crisis is neither new nor sudden. The several underlying
causes have been independently, steadily gathering speed and have
collided in a perfect storm not seen for generations. It is going
to take a coordinated, long-term...
Sales of the Divine brand fair-trade chocolate are set to increase
15 per cent over the holiday season, suggesting that consumers
extend the season of goodwill to cocoa farmers around the world, as
well as their own families.
Last week saw a string of communications about food price rises:
first warnings were aired about wheat, then meat, then dairy. It's
a vertiginous view from the heights of the commodity markets, and
it's clearer than ever...