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 to good soil and water quality by supporting sustainable cocoa production. They shall increase the farmers’ capacities to diversify their agricultural products as diversification of income 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 the barely profitable cocoa business. Furthermore, 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 have to ensure regular trainings of cocoa farmers on climate and natural resource friendly agricultural practices and methods on agricultural diversification.