Child Labor / Chocolate / Cocoa / Expert Perspectives

From the Experts: Child Labor and the Cocoa Industry

Edward Millard, the Rainforest Alliance’s director of sustainable landscapes, reflects on the causes of child labor in the West African cocoa industry and the tools necessary to combat it. The Rainforest Alliance believes that independent certification programs, like Rainforest Alliance Certified™, are central to delivering solutions to economic, environmental and social issues that are endemic … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Chocolate / Cocoa / Facts / Impacts / Sustainable Agriculture Network

Cocoa Certification by the Numbers

How do we know our work with cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire is improving lives, lands and livelihoods?  We commissioned the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) to conduct on-the-ground research in the West African country. In 2009, and again in 2011, COSA scientists collected data at Rainforest Alliance Certified and non-certified farms, representing a total of 452 farm visits. Their research revealed … Continue reading

Agriculture / Biodiversity / Chocolate / Cocoa / Consumer Choices / Cooperatives / Poverty / Worker Rights / Worker Safety

Hope in the Shade of Cocoa Trees

Ouedraogo Boureima was just four years old when, in 1985, his family left their village in Burkina Faso and walked across the border and into Côte d’Ivoire. They brought only the clothes on their backs, two sheep, four cooking pots, food for travel and a picture of their ancestors. The family traveled south and then … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Chocolate / Expert Perspectives / Poverty

In West Africa, A Cocoa Farmer Learns to Love Sustainability

We asked Peter Dabanka—a Ghanaian cocoa farmer with a love for sustainable farming—to share his story in honor of Valentine’s Day. He writes… I have lived for over 30 years in Nyame Nnae in Ghana. I came as a migrant farmer from Kumasi to start cocoa farming. However, I stopped a few years later when … Continue reading