Addressing poverty and inequality
Improving the lives and livelihoods of farmers and their families
Despite global development, many people across the world – including smallholder farmers in our cocoa-growing communities – face poverty on a daily basis. We believe poverty reduction and women’s empowerment are key to strengthening communities and eliminating child labor. But still too often, people are held back from the benefits of economic progress by lack of infrastructure and access to resources such as modern technology, training and finance. We want to help cocoa farmers and their communities improve their quality of life. To reduce poverty, we focus on providing the capabilities, tools, financing and resources that enable them to prosper during the good times and ‘weather the storm’ during the bad.
The importance of empowering women
In some of our origin countries, women make up more than half the agricultural workforce and take primary responsibility for children’s education and family nutrition. Yet too many of these women still face gender-related constraints.
Empowering women delivers many benefits, such as increased household income and better educated children – which also provides protection against child labor. An increase to a woman’s salary achieves the same improvements in children’s nutrition and health as a tenfold increase to a man’s income.
We believe that women’s empowerment is key to strengthening communities and eliminating child labor, and we are taking action in cocoa-growing communities. Our vision is that farmers, including women farmers, will eventually become self-sustaining and no longer need our support.