As a cocoa farmers and farm workers representative, ICCFO has a significant opportunity to stimulate tolerance and inclusiveness in the cocoa sector. These will create positive impacts that will benefit all stakeholders in the value chain.
We value strategic partnerships between diverse actors in the sector, including governments and NGO’s, to find solutions that lead to a measurable transformations that better farmers and workers livelihoods.
Professionalizing cocoa farming
We see cocoa farming as a profession, therefore farmers and workers should be able to earn profit for their crops, so they can reinvest in their farms and take care of their families, whiles conserving landscapes to protect nature for posterity.
We believe in the value of empowering cocoa farmers and farm workers to play their role towards sustainability and also recognize that cocoa farmers are interdependent. With a unified farmers voice, farmers can better contribute to decision making.
Respect for stakeholders
We value all stakeholders in the supply chain and we acknowledge and recognize the many challenges and problems facing the cocoa sector, which cannot be solved by a single stakeholder. We recognize that partners and actors in the value chain need positive and lasting changes in the sector.
Good Agricultural Practices
We encourage and promote sector reform through the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), farmers and farm workers merit modern farming tools, technical and logistic support in diverse ways to enable them better understand how to develop and grow profitable crop that will help alleviate them form misery and hardship through adopting a more entrepreneurial approach.
We advocate to put an end to child abuse in all manner that constitute all forms of child labour and other unacceptable farming practices. As we deeply believe that children should be free to acquire their basic rights such as, education, better care and must be protected by their parents and the authorities of the country they belong to.
Gender equality and other rights of persons
We advocate for gender equality and the rights to empower women and other underprivileged or minority groups in cocoa growing communities worldwide. To protect their values and customs so they can make their contribution to protect their environment and livelihood according to all international laws that ICCFO adheres to.
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Trade in a responsible manner
We promote meaningful trading relationships that distribute power, risks and rewards more equitably. We believe that trade should be used as a tools to help alleviate poverty, create opportunities and reduce inequality for cocoa farmers and develop their communities. Trading must promote impartial compensation, safe and healthy conditions, direct and long term engagement free from discrimination and child and forced labour.
We acknowledge the need to provide consumers with facts on farmers situation on the ground. We value their participation, as it helps to create a positive impact on the lives of farmers and workers and will also help create a better understanding between farmers and consumers knowing products meets standards.