Take Exploitation Out Of Our Chocolate

Less than 75 pence. Less than half what she needs for a decent standard of life.

That's all Ivorian cocoa farmers like Salimata earn in a day. And plummeting world cocoa prices have only made things worse.

These unfair prices are leaving many families struggling to afford the basics: schooling for their children, medical treatment when they are ill and even access to safe water.

This isn't right. Women like Salimata, often doing the hardest work while enjoying fewer rights than male farmers, deserve a living income.

At this time it’s crucial the UK government leads the way in making international trade deals work for the poor.

We made a huge noise in 2019 with 4,000 campaigner events reaching 1 million people, 10,000 new supporters joining us on our journey, and businesses and MPs making their voices heard on the issue of living incomes. On 7 August 2019, Ivorian Independence Day, Fairtrade campaigners joined Fairtrade Foundation staff at 10 Downing Street to hand in a petition with more than 50,000 signatures calling for Boris Johnson to make living incomes a priority for UK-funded aid projects and asking the new PM to back cocoa farmers fighting for a fairer deal.

Handing in the living income campaign petition at No. 10 Downing Street

Infographic on Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

We will continue the fight in Fairtrade Fortnight 2020. 

Find out the latest on Fairtrade Fortnight 2020.

In the meantime…

Find out more about women cocoa farmers

Women cocoa farmers do the lion's share of work on cocoa farms in West Africa but often receive little reward. Find out more about the experience of women cocoa farmers through our interactive long read - The New Queens of Cocoa.

The New Queens of Cocoa
Meet the women cocoa farmers growing in courage in the face of adversity in the Ivory Coast