New Partnership in West Africa and Latin America Focused on Industry’s Sustainability
Senior executives from 12 of the world’s largest chocolate companies signed a joint agreement with the Government of Ghana as part of an unprecedented strategy to make cocoa farming in the country sustainable.
Mondelez International has unveiled plans to help advance the rights of female cocoa farmers in two of the world’s largest cocoa-growing countries, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The action plans respond to new third-party assessments by Harvard University and CARE International, which revealed striking gaps in income and opportunities for female cocoa farmers. In Ghana, female cocoa farmers earn 25-30 percent less than their male counterparts; in Cote d’Ivoire, women in cocoa communities earn up to 70 percent less than men. And in both countries, women struggle with lower farm productivity, smaller farms and less access to financing and farm inputs.
Company looks to expand effort as all participating farmers pass certification audit.