Choosing Fairtrade chocolate means you’re putting fair pay and more power into the hands of farmers and workers to invest in their communities and fight the effects of climate change.
Life can be tough as a cocoa farmer. The price of cocoa beans has slumped in recent years despite high demand. Disease and age are damaging cocoa trees and it’s hard to attract young people into farming, after all who would want to be a cocoa farmer in an industry with such poor prospects?
Fairtrade cocoa farmers in places like Ivory Coast and Ghana earn the Fairtrade minimum price for their crop, plus a Fairtrade Premium. It means they can cover household costs like education, food and health care and invest the extra Premium in projects to benefit the whole community, such as clean water or new classrooms.