Women from cocoa-growing families have started businesses making cocoa wine, jams, baked goods, chocolate ruffles and community crafts. This allows them to diversify their source of income, and protect themselves and their families from market fluctuations.
You can enjoy chocolate that makes you feel as good as it tastes! Cocoa farmers are often forced to sell their harvest to middlemen who rig scales or misrepresent prices, and media reports of child slavery show the stark contrast between the delicious treat and the difficult conditions of the people who produce it. Fair Trade certification ensures that farmers receive a fair price, allows farmers to invest in techniques that bring out the flavors of the region, and strictly prohibits slave and child labor.