This September, VOICE Network hosted its first farmers workshop in Accra, Ghana. The two day Voice of Farmers and Civil Society Cocoa Workshop was organised as a way to bring farmers, civil society and unions together in an attempt to build relationships between different delegates in the cocoa sector, to share practices and to add to an advocacy program for the coming years.Continue reading “Accra Workshop: VOICE’s first Farmers Conference”
Extreme poverty is the norm for West African cocoa farmers. At the same time, the cocoa supply chain is increasingly dominated by a select group of large corporations. Current initiatives and programmes are not sufficient to tackle the challenges that cocoa farming is facing. A more fundamental reform of the sector is needed. These are some of the core conclusions of the 2015 Cocoa Barometer, an initiative of the main European civil society organisations involved in sustainable cocoa production.Continue reading “Chocolate too Cheap to be Sustainable”
The 2015 Cocoa Barometer will be launched March 6th, 2015, at the Chocoa Conference in Amsterdam.
For press inquiries prior to March 6th, the full version of the 2015 Cocoa Barometer is available (under embargo) upon request.
Antonie Fountain, Managing Director of the VOICE Network, and chief author of the Cocoa Barometer is available for interviews.