Category Archives: Cocoa

Fairtrade certification has improved our lives

 “I can attest to the impact that comes with being Fairtrade certified. As the Vice Chairman of Cooperative Agricole de Gabiadj (COOPAGA), together with our membership, we learnt about Fairtrade certification after witnessing the improved quality of our neighbouring certified cocoa farmers and most importantly, the impact they were having on the community through their […]

My cocoa my life

“My journey into cocoa farming is almost surreal. I used to work as a bookseller and then I got another opportunity with a multinational company to work as a commercial agent I Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. As the years passed by and my parents were getting older, I decided to go back home and support them […]

Community farm schools

Farmers from Ecookim and Coopaako have benefited greatly from pesticides supplied by Côte d’Ivoire’s government. However, despite the disappearance of the pests over time the output stayed low. High illiteracy rates amongst the farmers contributed to improper application of the pesticides, putting them at risk as they couldn’t read the safety precautions on the bottles.


A majority of Kuapa Kokoo’s members own only small areas of land. As the cocoa harvest varies throughout the year — with main and light crops — these farmers cannot depend on a stable income. Over the past few years, Kuapa Kokoo has invested part of its Fairtrade Premium in several income-generating activities. One of these is the palm oil extractor.