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Did you know that 70% of the world’s cocoa is grown in West Africa?

Why cocoa?

Working with cocoa is vital due to its extensive environmental, social, economic, and climate impacts globally. Cocoa farming, particularly in West Africa, is linked to deforestation and biodiversity loss. The cocoa industry faces challenges like poverty, child labour, and lack of fair compensation in farming communities. Sustainable cocoa farming practices, like agroforestry, can enhance carbon sequestration, making cocoa relevant for climate change mitigation. 

Environmental impact: Cocoa farming, especially in regions like West Africa, is closely linked to deforestation and biodiversity loss, posing significant environmental concerns.
Social challenges: The cocoa industry is marred by social issues such as poverty, child labour, and inadequate compensation for farmers, highlighting the need for ethical practices.
Climate relevance: Sustainable cocoa farming methods, like agroforestry, contribute to carbon sequestration, making cocoa a notable factor in climate change mitigation efforts.
Economic importance: Cocoa is a major agricultural commodity with global economic significance, making its sustainable production crucial for the livelihoods of millions and responsible supply chains.

What are the challenges?

The cocoa industry is faced by environmental issues like deforestation and biodiversity loss, social problems such as poverty, child labour, and inadequate farmer compensation, as well as the need for sustainable farming practices to mitigate climate change impacts and preserve natural resources.


The global cocoa market is growing fast, but will it benefit the farmers?

Although cocoa is a lucrative business with staggering margins for those controlling the value chain, the producers mostly live in poverty. And it is seemingly impossible to move a fairer share of the profits back into the supply chain to those who most depend on it.

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farmers, workers and land managers are assured that their well-being, human rights and cultural heritage are protected.


32.6 million

hectares of land where nature and environment are protected from degradation and conversion through use of sustainability standards.



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Our goal to foster lasting, positive transformations in key agricultural and forestry products around the world is guided by seasoned professionals. These experts bring a wealth of practical knowledge from their extensive time in the field and their involvement with international supply networks. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out. 

Sandra Razanamandranto
Director of Market and Development 


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