Enhance cocoa farmers’ capacities to perform sustainable and diversified farming
Chocolate Companies have to contribute to the maintenance of a balanced ecological and climate system as well as good quality of soil and water by supporting sustainable cocoa production. They shall further increase farmers’ capacities to diversify their agricultural products as it plays a crucial role in improving the living conditions of small-scale farmers. Cultivating and trading a variety of crops stabilizes the income of farmers and their workers by reducing the dependency on barely profitable cocoa business. Besides, agricultural diversification protects them against crises such as crop failure caused by extreme weather conditions, minimizes the negative effects of extreme price fluctuations and enhances food security. With regard to both aspects companies must ensure regular trainings of cocoa farmers on climate and natural resource friendly agricultural practices and methods on agricultural diversification.