2015 Cocoa Barometer – Cocoa is too cheap to be sustainable
This new report from the Cocoa Barometer argues that a fundamental reform of the cacao sector is needed in order to tackle the challenges that cocoa farming is facing. The report states that current initiatives and programmes are not sufficient and that:
“While most of the sustainability efforts focus on increasing a farmer’s productivity, this approach alone will not solve the problem. Yields do need to rise, but increasing farmers’ productivity must be coupled with an increased cocoa price for farmers. This means that chocolate needs to become more expensive. Crop diversification, tenure security, better infrastructure and access to information for farmers are also needed.”
The report encourages the following steps to be taken within the industry:
1. Develop a living income model for smallholder cocoa farming
2. Address the price-setting mechanisms in order to increase prices at farm-gate level
3. Move from voluntary to mandatory sector-wide solutions”
The Cocoa Barometer is an initiative of the main European civil society organisations involved in sustainable cocoa production.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.
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