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The International Cocoa Initiative calls for greater industry-wide action on child and forced labour

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The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) has called for ‘a massive expansion’ of collaboration from the industry’s key players to reach out at risk children and adults who are vulnerable to forced labour within the sector, reports Neill Barston As the child-protection organisation revealed to Confectionery Production in its lates 2021-26 strategy, its main goal remains increasing children’s and workers’ rights… Read more »

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Mondelez International takes steps to advance women’s rights in cocoa farming

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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.

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