The Cocoa Barometer is a biennial publication, with the aim of creating an up-to-date, fair, and clear overview of the state of sustainability of the cocoa sector. The Barometer looks at the sector as a whole, but also couples aggregated and disaggregated company and country data with clear visualizations and fair contextualization of challenges, commitments, and accomplishments. It is published by a consortium of civil society actors from across the globe, and hosted by the VOICE network.
Cocoa Barometer 2022
Prior to the release of the 2022 Cocoa Barometer on December 7th 2022, the Barometer Consortium released a series of Consultation Papers.
- A Latin America Baseline Cocoa Barometer (September 2022)
Latin America is the second largest cocoa growing region in the world, and Ecuador has overtaken all but Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in cocoa production volumes. However, Latin America cocoa is often overlooked in the broader sustainability conversations. This is why, together with a range of Latin American civil society organisations, we released the first Latin America Baseline Cocoa Barometer. This document outlines the major structures and challenges of cocoa in Latin America as a whole, and also dives deeper into the specifics of the major producing, processing and consuming nations there.
Available in English and Spanish.
- Living Income Compendium (September 2022)
An attempt to bring facts to the conversation around living income as well as debunking stubborn myths (and lazy excuses). The Compendium also offers a framework of how the sector should tackle farmer poverty; there is a real place for Good Agricultural Practices in achieving a living income, but this is only feasible if the enabling environment of Good Governance and Purchasing Practices are in place. In that light, we argue, the cocoa sector has been attempting to solve the issue of farmer poverty in exactly the wrong order; after two decades of focussing on agricultural practices, perhaps we need to address the enabling environment first.
Available in English and French
- Transparency & Accountability (October 2022)
Transparency and accountability are essential to make sustainability efforts both credible and effective. They also provide a level playing field for all supply chain actors, enable improved market access, and help increase farmer income. However, there’s a lot of confusion about what we’re talking about – and often not so much action to be transparent, let alone accountable. Today, together with several key expert organisations in this field (EFI, UCLouvain/Trase, IIASA, the Hamburger Stiftung für Wirtschaftsethik, and Fairfood) the Cocoa Barometer Consortium is pleased to release deep dive Consultation Paper on this key topic.
Cocoa Barometer 2020
2020 Cocoa Barometer Support Documents
2020 Cocoa Barometer Consultation Papers
- Position paper on Agroforestry in Cocoa, July 2020 – online / pdf version
- Document de consultation sur l’agroforesterie dans le secteur du cacao, Juilliet 2020
- La agroforestería en el sector del cacao, la necesidad de enfoques de paisaje colaborativos ambiciosos, Julio 2020
- Position paper on Living Income Farm Gate Prices, January 2020
- Support database to Necessary Farm Gate Prices Paper, January 2020
- Position paper on West African Floor Price, September 2019
- Position paper on Certification, July 2019
Cocoa Barometer 2018
- Cocoa Barometer 2018 English
- Cocoa Barometer 2018 Executive Summary
- Barometre du Cacao 2018 French
- Barómetro del Cacao 2018 Spanish
- Kakao Barometer 2018 German
- Cacao Barometer 2018 Dutch
- Infographics 2018 (ZIP file)
- Consultation Papers for 2018 Cocoa Barometer
- Cocoa Barometer 2015
- Cocoa Barometer 2012
- Cocoa Barometer 2010
- Cocoa Barometer 2009
- Sweetness Follows 2008
The Cocoa Barometer Consortium consists of ABVV/Horval, Action against Child Exploitation (ACE), Be Slavery Free, EcoCare, European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), Fair World Project, Fern, Freedom United, Global Labor Justice/International Labor Rights Forum, Green America, Inades Formation, INKOTA-netzwerk, Mighty Earth, Oxfam America, Oxfam Belgium, Oxfam Ghana, Public Eye, Rikolto, SEND Ghana, Solidaridad Europe, Solidaridad West Africa, SÜDWIND Institut, Tropenbos International, Tropenbos Ghana, WWF France
The Cocoa Barometer is coordinated by the VOICE Network.
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